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Title: ARABSAT/NILESAT DEMARCHE DELIVERED

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STATE FOR NEA/PPD ALBERTO FERNANDEZ AND NEA/RA DANIELLE 
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SUBJECT: ARABSAT/NILESAT DEMARCHE DELIVERED 
 
REF: STATE 202506 
 
¶1.  (SBU) Econoff delivered reftel demarche to Afram Jamil, 
Acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Information on 
December 27.  Jamil explained that Jordan no longer sits on 
the Arabsat board, due to Jordan's small stake in the company 
(4 per cent) and its limited content contribution and usage. 
Jordan is now designated as a delegate to the ArabSat General 
Assembly.  According to Jamil, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait own 
over 50 per cent together, and are the only representatives 
that can make a decision on policy.  Jamil said he would 
present the demarche points to the Minister for further 
review, but also suggested approaching ArabSat closer to its 
annual meeting set for April in Cairo.  According to Jamil, 
the ArabSat Board of Directors is composed of 9 members: 5 
permanent (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, UAE, and Qatar), 2 
heavy users, and 2 elected members (with substantive 
financial representation). 
 
¶2.  (SBU) Poloff also delivered reftel demarche December 26 
to Muheeb Nimrat, a senior officer in the Foreign Minister's 
Private Office.  Nimrat readily agreed that Al-Manar has 
served as a propaganda tool for Hezbollah and Iran to 
radicalize its viewers, and he expected that Al Aksa 
Television would be similarly disruptive.  Nimrat said he 
would relay our points to Foreign Minister Khatib and would 
notify poloff of any substantive response. 
 
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