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Saudi King Abdullah, UAE Cown Prince Mohammad Bin Zayed on Pakistani Leaders - WikiLeaks

Saudi King Abdullah, UAE Cown Prince Mohammad Bin Zayed on Pakistani Leaders

 

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ)on Pakistani Leadership

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¶14. (S/NF) MbZ shared his assessment of the current Pakistani leadership saying President "Zardarni is dirty but not dangerous," while Prime Minister Sharif is "dangerous but not dirty -- this is Pakistan.  Sharif cannot be trusted to honor his promises.  MbZ continued that a new personality may emerge but for the time being the UAE position was to play a helpful role by supporting the PM.

 

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¶14. (C) The Saudis are extremely concerned about Pakistan's political fragility, and have worked hard, through their embassy in Islamabad, to bring the Pakistani factions

together.  Saudi relations with Pakistan have been strained because the Saudis don't trust Zardari and see him and other leading Pakistani politicians as corrupt.  Zardari visited Saudi Arabia last November for talks with King Abdullah on Saudi support for the "Friends of Pakistan" initiative and oil subsidies.  The visit was an opportunity for Zardari to persuade skeptical Saudis that he can be a trustworthy partner in managing one of Saudi Arabia's most important regional relationships, but his trip appears not to have resulted in new Saudi assistance or other commitments.  The Saudis say they have been holding back economic and political support pending evidence that the political situation in Pakistan is stabilizing.

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¶14. (S/NF) AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN:  King Abdullah firmly believes that Asif Zardari is the primary obstacle to the government's ability to move unequivocally to end terrorist safe havens there ("when the head is rotten, it affects the whole body").  The King told General Jones that U.S. development assistance would rebuild trust with the Army, which he asserted was staying out of politics in deference to U.S. wishes, rather than doing what it "should."  On Afghanistan, the King has expressed support for the new U.S. strategy, saying that spending on roads, schools, hospitals and mosques would dissipate popular mistrust and help rebuild the country.  The King has not yet acknowledged the Saudi role in Taliban mediation in conversations with USG officials; GIP Director Prince Muqrin has explained to several recent USG visitors that the SAG prefers to keep such discussions in intelligence channels until any agreement is reached.  Perhaps reflecting this, the Saudi media downplayed President Karzai's recent visit and the Afghan Ambassador reported that the meeting with the King lasted only ten minutes.


 

 

Saudi King Abdullah, UAE Cown Prince Mohammad Bin Zayed on Pakistani Leaders

 

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ)on Pakistani Leadership

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14. (S/NF) MbZ shared his assessment of the current Pakistani leadership saying President "Zardarni is dirty but not dangerous," while Prime Minister Sharif is "dangerous but not dirty -- this is Pakistan.  Sharif cannot be trusted to honor his promises.  MbZ continued that a new personality may emerge but for the time being the UAE position was to play a helpful role by supporting the PM.

 

 

 

14. (C) The Saudis are extremely concerned about Pakistan's political fragility, and have worked hard, through their embassy in Islamabad, to bring the Pakistani factions together.  Saudi relations with Pakistan have been strained because the Saudis don't trust Zardari and see him and other leading Pakistani politicians as corrupt.  Zardari visited Saudi Arabia last November for talks with King Abdullah on Saudi support for the "Friends of Pakistan" initiative and oil subsidies.  The visit was an opportunity for Zardari to persuade skeptical Saudis that he can be a trustworthy partner in managing one of Saudi Arabia's most important regional relationships, but his trip appears not to have resulted in new Saudi assistance or other commitments.  The Saudis say they have been holding back economic and political support pending evidence that the political situation in Pakistan is stabilizing.

 

 

14. (S/NF) AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN:  King Abdullah firmly believes that Asif Zardari is the primary obstacle to the government's ability to move unequivocally to end terrorist safe havens there ("when the head is rotten, it affects the whole body").  The King told General Jones that U.S. development assistance would rebuild trust with the Army, which he asserted was staying out of politics in deference to U.S. wishes, rather than doing what it "should."  On Afghanistan, the King has expressed support for the new U.S. strategy, saying that spending on roads, schools, hospitals and mosques would dissipate popular mistrust and help rebuild the country.  The King has not yet acknowledged the Saudi role in Taliban mediation in conversations with USG officials; GIP Director Prince Muqrin has explained to several recent USG visitors that the SAG prefers to keep such discussions in intelligence channels until any agreement is reached.  Perhaps reflecting this, the Saudi media downplayed President Karzai's recent visit and the Afghan Ambassador reported that the meeting with the King lasted only ten minutes.


 
 
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