C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 DUSHANBE 000082
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1/15/2020
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM TI
SUBJECT: MAYOR MEETS AMBASSADOR, CONFIRMS EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
¶2. (SBU) On January 13 Ambassador called on Dushanbe Mayor and
Chairman of the upper house of Parliament Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev
at his parliamentary office. The Mayor began the meeting with a
lengthy discourse on Afghanistan, thanking the United States for
its contributions and sacrifices there, and saying that U.S.
activities there were very important "as we enter the third
millennium and the 21st century." Ubaidulloev thought the main
task there was to build a sense of national identity among
ethnically disparate groups, and said the United States was an
example for this. He noted that "war is very dangerous", and
said "we know there is life on other planets, but we must make
peace here first."
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