Viewing cable 08RIYADH1160
Title: SAUDIS PREFER SEPTEMBER FOR CIVILIAN NUCLEAR

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08RIYADH11602008-07-28 14:26:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Riyadh
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P 281426Z JUL 08
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8866
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TAGS: ENERG IAEA KNNP SA
SUBJECT: SAUDIS PREFER SEPTEMBER FOR CIVILIAN NUCLEAR 
DISCUSSIONS 
 
REF: ASTUKALIN-MGFOELLER EMAILS 7/14 AND 7/17 RE 
     NUCLEAR ENERGY DISCUSSIONS 
 
¶1.  (SBU)  Post formally advised the MFA of the Department's 
invitation to participate in discussions on civilian nuclear 
cooperation on July 21 in an urgent diplomatic note.  We also 
conveyed the information to the King Abdulaziz City for 
Science and Technology (KACST), which functions as the de 
facto science and technology ministry, on the same day. 
KACST has since forwarded the information to HH Prince Dr. 
Torki bin Saud bin Mohamed al Saud, Vice President of KACST, 
and the likely chief negotiator, who is currently on vacation 
in the U.S.  However, without specific instructions from the 
MFA or Royal Protocol, KACST cannot formally respond to the 
invitation. 
 
¶2.  (SBU)  In light of the absence of most senior MFA 
officials who are also on vacation, Post has also been in 
touch with Royal Protocol officials, currently in Morocco 
with King Abdullah.  We have requested they urgently task 
KACST or another appropriate agency to respond to the 
invitation. 
 
¶3.  (SBU)  In a July 22 meeting, the acting President of 
KACST, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rasheed, told us frankly that August 
was "not a suitable time" for these discussions, as so many 
senior Saudi officials were on vacation.  That said, he and 
Engineer Fahad bin Huraib, the Director of International 
Cooperation for KACST, would continue to seek a direction 
from the MFA or Royal Protocol regarding Saudi Arabia's 
response to the Department's invitation.  Dr. Al-Rasheed 
assessed it would actually be easier to hold short 
discussions during Ramadan in September than during August, 
and suggested we consider this option.  If KACST does receive 
permission to conduct the August discussions, he will follow 
up with Prince Torki, who could potentially travel to 
Washington DC while in the U.S. 
GFOELLER