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Cablegate: Morocco Response: Iran Outreach for Universal

Published: Mon 1 Feb 2010 05:21 PM
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PP RUEHWEB
DE RUEHRB #0065 0321721
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 011721Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY RABAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1105
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0001
UNCLAS RABAT 000065
SIPDIS
SENSITIVE
DEPT FOR NEA/MAG AND DRL/MLGA
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL IR MO
SUBJECT: MOROCCO RESPONSE: IRAN OUTREACH FOR UNIVERSAL
PERIODIC REVIEW SESSION
REF: STATE 007242
1. (SBU) PolOff delivered subject demarche to the MFA's
Chief of the Division on Humanitarian and Social Questions,
Abdelmounaim El Farouq, on January 29. El Farouq stated that
the universal periodic review (UPR) exercise is a good
opportunity for a positive interaction with Iran on the issue
of human rights. Beyond that, he had no further comment.
2. (SBU) Comment: Since Morocco broke diplomatic relations
with Iran in 2009, it may be more willing to take an active
role in the UPR. End Comment.
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