C O N F I D E N T I A L MUSCAT 000456
STATE FOR NEA, NEA/ARPI
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/16/2015
TAGS: PREL SY LE IS IZ MU
SUBJECT: MESSAGE TO THE ARAB LEAGUE
REF: A. SECSTATE 45505
Â¶B. MUSCAT 364
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III.
Reason: 1.4 (b, d).
Â¶1. (C) With the minister out of the country, the Ambassador
spoke on March 15 with Foreign Ministry Under Secretary
Sayyid Badr bin Hamed al-Busaidi to convey the USG concerns
per ref A. Regarding Syria/Lebanon, Sayyid Badr reiterated
Oman's support of the USG position, as expressed by Minister
Yusuf bin Alawi in ref B. With respect to
Israeli-Palestinian affairs, the Under Secretary listened to
the Ambassador's points but offered no response other than to
pledge to review our points carefully.
Â¶2. (C) On Iraq, Sayyid Badr took on board the USG views.
Offering what was most likely his personal assessment,
however, the Under Secretary said the delay in forming the
ITG is unhelpful. He felt that if Iran was violating Iraq's
sovereignty by interfering in the ITG's formation, then
perhaps the U.S. should quietly abandon its neutrality and
take countermeasures to shape the outcome in Baghdad. The
sooner the ITG can be formed, the better, in his view. He
also said that Oman would disburse its Iraq reconstruction
pledge following the formation of a formal government in