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Cablegate: Former French Cooperation Minister to Lead French

Published: Fri 16 Nov 2007 03:16 PM
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SUBJECT: FORMER FRENCH COOPERATION MINISTER TO LEAD FRENCH
DELEGATION TO FORUM FOR THE FUTURE MEETING IN SANA
REF: PARIS 4382
(SBU) During the course of a meeting November 15 primarily
to discuss Lebanon (reported septel), French MFA NEA
A/S-equivalent Jean Felix-Paganon stated that the French had
reevaluated their participation in the early December Forum
for the Future meeting in Sana, Yemen. The French had
previously indicated, per reftel, that Felix-Paganon would
lead the delegation. Following the meeting with DRL DAS
Erica Barks-Ruggles, the GOF decided that former Minister for
Cooperation Pierre Andre Witzer would lead the delegation.
Felix-Paganon explained that FM Kouchner would not be
available because he will accompany French President Sarkozy
on a state visit to Algeria at the time of the meeting in
Sana.
Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm
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