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Cablegate: Turkmenistan: Western Boycott of Ahmadinejad

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TAGS: PREL ECON EPET EU IR TX
SUBJECT: TURKMENISTAN: WESTERN BOYCOTT OF AHMADINEJAD
EVENTS

REF: ASHGABAT 0006

1. (U) Sensitive but unclassified. Not for Public Internet.

2. (SBU) French Embassy Charge Henri Leval contacted us
January 5 to inform that the EU had decided not to
participate in events associated with the official visit of
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Head of Mission
level. Since most of the European missions in Ashgabat are
small, it meant that there would be no representatives of
France, Germany or the UK at the events. The DCM would
represent the Romanian Embassy. The Polish Embassy was still
waiting for instructions. We had informed our EU colleagues
earlier that there would be no U.S. Embassy participation at
the events.

3. (U) Ahmadinejad arrived in Turkmenistan on January 5 for
official meetings and will participate in the January 6
opening of the Dovletabad-Serakhs-Hangeran pipeline, the
second Turkmenistan-to-Iran gas pipeline (reftel). Official
events to which the Turkmenistan government has invited the
diplomatic corps include an official welcoming ceremony for
Ahmadinejad (January 5), an official dinner in Ahmadinejad's
honor (January 5), and the pipeline opening. Per tradition,
the visiting head of state shakes the hand of each embassy
representative during the welcoming ceremony.

4. (SBU) COMMENT: We were surprised by the EU decision,
since they tend not to take stands here. Nevertheless, given
events in Iran since the June presidential election, our EU
colleagues no doubt consider it the correct course of action.
END COMMENT.
CURRAN

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