C O N F I D E N T I A L MUSCAT 000331
STATE FOR NEA, NEA/IPA, NEA/ARPI
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/28/2015
TAGS: EAID KPAL KWBG ECON EFIN PREL MU XF
SUBJECT: SECRETARY'S ORAL MESSAGE TO THE ARAB LEAGUE
REF: SECSTATE 32566
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III.
Reason: 1.4 (b, d).
Â¶1. (C) The Secretary's oral message was delivered to the
Foreign Ministry February 27, encouraging Oman's
participation in the March 1 gathering in London, its support
for the Palestinian Authority, and the reopening of trade
offices in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Minister
Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi called the
Ambassador later in the day to confirm that he was attending
the London Conference. Bin Alawi noted that he will depart
Muscat on February 28, and follow his London visit with a
stop in Cairo before returning to Oman on March 4 to join the
Sultan's entourage in the interior.
Â¶2. (C) Confirming a Jerusalem Post report of February 12, Bin
Alawi told the Ambassador he had a phone conversation with
Israeli FM Shalom following the February 8 Sharm el-Sheikh
meeting. The two agreed, he said, to keep in periodic
contact to review the status of the peace process and to
consult on how Oman could best encourage progress.
Â¶3. (C) In response to the specific question of financial
support for the Palestinian Authority, Bin Alawi said the
topic is to be addressed at the Arab League summit in
Algeria. Although he could not peg a dollar figure re Oman's
commitment, even without a decision at the AL summit, the
Minister said that Oman would "continue its own support" for