DOS Cable re: Assistant Secretary Burns' Meetings with Kuwaiti Acting Prime Minister Shaykh Sabah

State Department cable providing information to Washington about Assistant Secretary William Burns visiting Kuwait on January 11-12 for Consultations with the Kuwaiti Government Focused on Operation Enduring Freedom, Middle East Peace, the U.S. commitment to ensuring peace in the region and the war in Iraq. The cable is heavily redacted.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2002
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
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E.O. 12958: DECL:01/14/11
TAGS: PREL, IZ, AF, KU,
SUBJECT: A/S BURNS' MEETINGS WITH KUWAITI ACTING PM SHAYKH
SABAH AND MFA MINSTATE DR. MOHAMMED CENTER ON MIDDLE EAST
PEACE, IRAQ AND U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR RICHARD H. JONES FOR REASON 1.5

(D)

SUMMARY
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1. (C) NEA ASSISTANT SECRETARY WILLIAM BURNS VISITED
KUWAIT ON JANUARY 11-12 FOR CONSULTATIONS WITH THE KUWAITI
GOVERNMENT FOCUSED ON OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, MIDDLE
EAST PEACE AND IRAQ. MEETING SEPARATELY WITH ACTING PM
AND FOREIGN MINISTER SHAYKH SABAH AND MFA MINSTATE DR.
MOHAMMED AL-SABAH, HE THANKED THEM FOR KUWAIT'S STRONG
SUPPORT FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND ASSURED THEM OF
THE CONTINUING U.S. COMMITMENT TO THE DEFENSE AND SECURITY

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OF KUWAIT. 1 1
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REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD DATE/CASE ID: 17 NOV 2004 200303827 DOS-002417

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1A/S BURNS OUTLINED
PALESTINIAN CULPABILITY IN THE VESSEL THAT WAS CAPTURED
SMUGGLING WEAPONS TO GAZA;(

I DR. MOHAMMED SAID HE
WOULD VISIT IRAN, SYRIA AND LEBANON THE WEEK OF JANUARY 19
AND ASKED ABOUT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN U.S. POLICY
TOWARDS THOSE STATES. END SUMMARY.

PRESIDENT'S LETTER TO THE AMIR

2. (C) A/S BURNS OPENED THE MEETING WITH SHAYKH SABAH BY
CONVEYING TO HIM A PRESIDENTIAL LETTER TO AMIR SHAYKH
JABIR. HE HIGHLIGHTED THE PRESIDENT'S PLEASURE AT THE
AMIR'S RETURN TO KUWAIT AFTER HIS CONVALESCENCE IN LONDON

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AND HIS THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT KUWAIT HAS PROVIDED FOR

U.S. OPERATIONS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM IN
AFGHANISTAN.

I A/S BURNS SAID THAT RECALLING THE
SUCCESSFUL VISIT BY SHAYKH SABAH TO WASHINGTON IN
NOVEMBER.

U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

3. (C)I
A/S BURNS REPLIED THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD CALLED THE CROWN
PRINCE TO ASSURE HIM OF THE STRENGTH OF THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN THE TWO GOVERNMENTS. SHAYKH SABAH\

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DETAINEES IN U.S. CUSTODY
4. (C) A/S BURNS RAISED THE TOPIC OFI U.S. CUSTODY IN SOUTH ASIA, DETAINEES IN
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S E C R E T SECTION 02 OF 04 KUWAIT 000185
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E.O. 12958: DECL:01/14/11
TAGS: PREL, IZ, AF, KU,

SUBJECT: A/S BURNS' MEETINGS WITH KUWAITI ACTING PM SHAYKH
SABAH AND MFA MINSTATE DR. MOHAMMED CENTER ON, MIDDLE EAST
PEACE, IRAQ AND U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

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MIDDLE EAST PEACE

5. (C) TURNING TO U.S. EFFORTS TO RESTORE CALM AND MOVE BACK TO NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS, A/S BURNS EXPLAINED THAT THREE WEEKS OF RELATIVE QUIET WERE DISRUPTED TEN DAYS AGO, WHEN A SHIP SMUGGLING WEAPONS TO THE PALESTINIANS WAS CAPTURED. HE NOTED THAT WE HAD URGED ARAFAT TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT AND TAKE ACTION AGAINST THOSE RESPONSIBLE. WE HAD ALSO CONTINUED TO MAKE CLEAR TO THE ISRAELIS THAT OUR GOAL WAS•NOT MERELY TO RESTORE THE SECURITY SITUATION, BUT TO GET BACK TO A POLITICAL PROCESS. SHAYKH SABAH I
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(C) SHAYKH SABAHI

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7. (C) A/S BURNS THEN INTRODUCED AN ISSUE\

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IRAQ

8. (C) A/S BURNS REMINDED SHAYKH SABAH THAT WE TAKE THE

ISSUE OF IRAQ SERIOUSLY. THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT CLEAR
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THAT IRAQ MUST COMPLY WITH UNSC RESOLUTIONS, THAT

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9. (C) SHAYKH SABAH EXPRESSED DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE

U.S. STAYING THE COURSE OVER THE PAST 11 YEARS IN ENSURING

THE SECURITY OF KUWAIT. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, HE SAID
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JORDAN'S ECONOMY

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IRAN

11. (S) DR. MOHAMMED NOTED THAT HE WOULD BE TRAVELLING TO

TEHRAN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 (CONTINUING TO DAMASCUS AND
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LEBANON LATER THAT SAME WEEK), AND ASKED ABOUT RECENT

U.S.-IRANIAN CONTACTS, WONDERING IF IRAQ WAS BEING

DISCUSSED. A/S BURNS SAID/

SYRIA, LEBANON

12. (C)

A/S BURNS
EMPHASIZED THAT

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AMBASSADOR NEGROPONTE WOULD VISIT DAMASCUS LATER IN JANUARY. /

13. THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN CLEARED BY A/S BURNS.

JONES
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