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Cablegate: (Sbu) Afghanistan: Hajj Transport Demarche

Published: Wed 22 Nov 2006 04:53 PM
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SUBJECT: (SBU) AFGHANISTAN: HAJJ TRANSPORT DEMARCHE
REF: STATE 190219
(SBU) In response to reftel, David Ellis of the FCO
Afghanistan Group told Poloff November 22 that President
Karzai's office had approached the UK Embassy in Kabul in
very vague terms about possible problems obtaining Saudi
approval for leased aircraft to transport pilgrims to the
Hajj, but the Afghans provided no specifics. Ellis commented
that providing support "on a reimbursable basis" would be
tantamount to "taking from our left pocket to pay into our
right pocket," given that "we are bankrolling the Afghan
government." He also remarked that NATO is in no position to
help.
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