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Cablegate: Lebanon: Global Initiative Demarche Delivered

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SUBJECT: LEBANON: GLOBAL INITIATIVE DEMARCHE DELIVERED

REF: STATE 21535

Polchief delivered reftel demarche on the Global Initiative
to Combat Nuclear Terrorism to Oussama Khacchab, Americas
Desk Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who promised
to pass the demarche points to his superiors. Khacchab asked
whether the USG or other partners in the Global Initiative
would offer travel funding to national delegations attending
the Initiative's third meeting in Kazakhstan. Polchief
responded negatively but promised that he would inform the
MFA if funding becomes available. Khacchab pledged to
explore the possibility of the MFA endorsing the Initiative's
Statement of Principles. It is worth noting, however, that
policy decisions at the Ministry have been stalled since the
November resignation of the Foreign Minister as part of
Lebanon's ongoing political crisis.
FELTMAN

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