C O N F I D E N T I A L MUSCAT 002177
STATE FOR NEA, NEA/IPA, NEA/ARPI, NEA/RA
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/14/2014
TAGS: KWBG EAID PREL XF MU
SUBJECT: OMAN: SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
REF: A. STATE 264697
Â¶B. STATE 236229
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III.
Reason: 1.4 (b, d).
Â¶1. (C) On December 12, visiting NEA DAS Dibble, accompanied
by the Ambassador and Pol/E Chief (notetaker), paid a call
on Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi
(YBA) to discuss a number of bilateral and regional issues.
Delivering the substance of the Secretary's oral messages on
supporting the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Middle East
peace (reftels), DAS Dibble highlighted the USG's recent USD
20 million financial assistance package to the PA announced
in Oslo, underscoring the need to exploit current
opportunities to promote peace. Providing aid directly to
the PA, he noted, was a break from past USG practice.
Â¶2. (C) YBA responded that the Sultanate continues to offer
financial support to Palestine only through charitable
organizations, saying it does not yet trust donating directly
to the PA. He offered no details on current funding levels.
The Minister revealed, however, that interim Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas will visit Oman as part of a swing
through the region on December 18.