164. Backchannel Message From Secretary of State Kissinger to the Ambassador to Zaire (Cutler) and [recipient not declassified]1
Washington, December 23, 1975, 0443Z.
WH 52556. Deliver at opening of business.
- At earliest opportunity you should tell President Mobutu that we have exerted our influence in friendly countries to obtain some help for Angolan effort. Without specifying countries involved, other than in general area of Middle East, you should inform President that we are encouraged to believe he will receive some significant help within next several weeks.
- You should take advantage of this happy news to insert idea that we consult with him and his advisors on an effective military program to use any new funds that might become available.
- FYI: One of our concerns is that any monies not simply disappear. Thus we are keeping a line on any transfers in countries that have indicated they might be forthcoming. While we have not pinned down [Page 414] a commitment or any specific figures, we are encouraged to believe about [dollar amount not declassified] might become available.
- We will keep you informed. Because of extreme delicacy of this matter, we will not indicate countries involved. But you should understand that this is not a transfer to the US, or transfer of US equipment. Our role was simply political one of stimulating assistance.
- Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box CL 103, Geopolitical File, Angola Chronological File. Secret; Sensitive.↩