Viewing cable 08RABAT33
Title: LIBYAN MEMBERSHIP IN THE TRANS-SAHARA

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STATE FOR NEA/MAG, AF/RSA AND S/CT 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/15/2018 
TAGS: PTER PINS PREL XA XF MO
SUBJECT: LIBYAN MEMBERSHIP IN THE TRANS-SAHARA 
COUNTERTERRORISM PARTNERSHIP 
 
REF: 07 STATE 167865 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Robert P. Jackson for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) DCM raised reftel query on the inclusion of Libya in 
the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) with 
MFA Director General for Bilateral Affairs (P-equiv) Youssef 
Amrani, on January 14, and conveyed talking points.  DCM 
stressed the importance of a regional approach to defeat 
terrorism in the region. 
 
¶2.  (C) While indicating he would convey the question to his 
minister, Amrani was very positive.  He welcomed the fact 
that the USG was now focusing on the regional nature of the 
terrorism threat, which Morocco has been highlighting for 
some time.  The recent events in Mauritania and the 
cancellation of the Paris-Dakar road rally were of major 
concern to Morocco. 
 
¶3.  (C) Specifically, Amrani offered as a preliminary 
response that if the USG felt including Libya in TSCTP would 
be helpful, Morocco would not have a problem.  In general, 
Amrani said, Morocco believed it was important to bring Libya 
into the range of regional and multilateral bodies and 
initiatives, rather than keeping them out, where the Libyans' 
might cause mischief. 
 
¶4.  (C) Amrani was accompanied by his senior staffer Karim 
Halim, our chief counterpart at the MFA on CT issues.  Halim 
said the MFA would welcome any additional information on 
TSCTP the USG would care to provide. 
 
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¶5.  (C) Comment: Amrani was circumspect in part because Arab 
Affairs are generally covered by another Director General. 
We understand that GOM cooperation with Libya on CT matters 
functions well, on a low-profile basis, if unevenly.  While 
the GOM welcomes our intensified initiative and regional 
approach and is happy to continue to participate in events, 
it appears that it does not consider itelf a full-fledged 
"member" of TSCTP, which it imperfectly understands.  End 
Comment. 
 
 
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