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C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 04659
INFO: DCM ECON PAO RSO MEPI P/M AMB
PP RUEHC RUEHXK
DE RUEHAD #4659 3551145
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 201145Z DEC 04
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7335
INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 004659
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/19/2009
SUBJECT: UAE PRESIDENT HOSTS TALKS WITH ABBAS, QOREI
REF: ABU DHABI 4513
(U) Classified by Richard A. Albright, Charge d,Affaires,
a.i., reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1. (U) UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed received PLO
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Authority Prime
Minister Ahmed Qorei December 19, marking the first time
Khalifa and Abbas had met since the deaths of Sheikh Zayed
and Yasser Arafat. The visit, which received substantial
media coverage, allowed the UAE and Palestinian leaders to
discuss the approaching elections in the Palestinian
territories, and the dialogue with all Palestinian factions.
President Khalifa reiterated the UAE,s complete commitment
to the Palestinians, and the UAE,s support for the efforts
of the Palestinian leadership to unite the different
factions. Abbas praised the UAE for its generosity toward
the Palestinians, citing in particular the Red Crescent
Society,s fund-raising efforts on behalf of refugees.
2. (U) Abbas and Qorei had a separate meeting with Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Information Minister Sheikh Abdullah
bin Zayed, and MFA Under Secretary Abdullah Rashid Al Noaimi.
In a statement to the press, Sheikh Hamdan said that the
UAE,s stance under President Khalifa would remain
permanently in support of the Palestinian people. Abbas and
Qorei,s delegation included the PA Finance Minister.
3. (U) In an exclusive interview in English-language Gulf
News, Abbas said elections &are an expression of our march
toward democracy.8 He said that Prime Minister Sharon was
creating problems by deciding to unilaterally withdraw all
Jewish settlers from Gaza Strip, and added that the
withdrawal undermined the Middle East Roadmap. &I reject
Sharon,s offer because it jumps over the final status
agreements,8 the told Gulf News. He was also critical of
the U.S. for supporting Sharon,s withdrawal plan. In the
interview, he rebuked Hamas and Islamic Jihad for using armed
resistance in the Intifada.
4. (C) In meetings with NEA DAS Dibble December 11 (reftel)
and with Charge December 18, MFA Under Secretary Abdullah
Rashid reiterated strong UAEG support for, and trust in,
Abbas, and UAEG conviction that a unique opportunity to
advance the peace process is at hand. Abdullah Rashid
strongly urged U.S. leadership to move the process forward.
Asked by Charge about UAE plans for support to the
Palestinians, Abdullah Rashid remarked that the UAEG would
continue to provide significant assistance. He stressed,
however, that the UAE and Abbas had a good partnership,
indicating that it would be easier for the UAEG to support
the PA under his leadership.
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