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TELEGRAM May 24, 2004
To: No Action Addressee
From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1706 - UNKNOWN)
TAGS: EAID, ECON, PREL, EFIN
Subject: DOHA CONFERENCE AND UAE ASSISTANCE TO IRAQ
UNCLAS ABU DHABI 01706
INFO: AMB DCM POL P/M
OO RUEHC RUEHZM RUCNRAQ RUEHGB RUEATRS
DE RUEHAD #1706 1451255
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 241255Z MAY 04
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4502
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHGB/CPA BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0003
RUEATRS/TREASURY DEPT WASHDC UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001706
DEPARTMENT FOR NEA, EB/IFD/ODF - DEMARCELLUS
E.O. 12958: 05/05/2014
SUBJECT: DOHA CONFERENCE AND UAE ASSISTANCE TO IRAQ
REF: A) STATE 108776, B) STATE 105224, C) EMAIL
DEMARCELLUS-JOHN, D) ABU DHABI 1229, E) 03 ABU DHABI 3476,
F) 03 ABU DHABI 2877 AND PREVIOUS
1. This is an action request. Please see para. 5.
2. (U) EconChief and Polchief discussed UAE plans to attend
the May 25-26 Doha meeting on the Iraq Trust Fund with MFA
Director of European and American Affairs Ahmed Al-
Muqarrab. Al-Muqarrab said that he thought the UAE would
attend the conference, since it had hosted the original
conference, but he did not have details on the delegation.
Subsequently, Econchief followed up with the MFA and
learned that the UAE Ambassador to Qatar would represent
the UAE at the conference.
3. (SBU) Post has also requested a fuller account of UAE
assistance to Iraq. We have reported on this extensively,
but have never been able to get a comprehensive breakdown
of all assistance (see refs d-f for example). On April 23,
the Ambassador asked Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-
Nahyan if the UAE could provide such a breakdown. Sheikh
Hamdan promised the Ambassador that he would get her a
breakdown of UAE assistance to Iraq by the Red Crescent
Authority (RCA), the UAE Armed Forces, and private
foundations (Sheikh Zayed Charitable foundation etc.).
EconChief followed up Khadim Al-Darei, Sheikh Hamdan's
Deputy Office Director, who said that the office was
already taking action on this promise and would get back to
us when they had the numbers. The UAE had already provided
a complete accounting of RCA assistance to Iraq to the
Department through the UAE Embassy in Washington. This
assistance amounts to about $32 million. (Note: It
appears from the RCA submission that some of what we
originally reported as assistance from the UAE military was
either funded by the RCA or is, at least now being reported
as RCA funding (i.e., hospital reconstruction). The
figures provided by the RCA do not appear to include the
cost of actual medical treatment (as opposed to supplies)
for the Iraqis or the costs of salaries for UAE doctors.
4. (SBU) Sheikh Hamdan also told the Ambassador that the
UAE has 2 used generators in storage ready to be shipped to
Iraq. Total value of the generators is $150 million.
However, he said that the UAE could not cover the cost of
shipping and installation, but asked whether any other
donor country would be able to provide shipping and
installation. He didn't have shipping figures, but
suggested that the cost of installation would be about $10
million each. Al-Darei confirmed to Econchief that the
UAE had talked to the Iraqis about covering shipping and
handling. He reiterated Sheikh Hamdan's comments that the
UAE has the generators and is ready to work with other
donors to get them shipped to Iraq as quickly as possible.
5. (SBU) Action request: Please advise if there are other
donors who are willing to work with the UAE to cover
shipping and installation costs. This would appear to be a
quick/high impact project, given Iraq's pressing power
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