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Cablegate: Gulf Iraqi Expo Postponed

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 211604Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6451
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
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UNCLAS MANAMA 000165

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EB/CBA, NEA/ARP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECIN EINV ETRD BA REGION ECTRD
SUBJECT: GULF IRAQI EXPO POSTPONED

REF: MANAMA 039

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1. (SBU) Iraqi Ambassador Ghassan Mohsen told the Ambassador
that the planned Iraqi commercial exhibition "Iraqi Expo
2007" (reftel), scheduled to take place March 24 - 26 in
Manama, has been postponed. Mohsen said that planning for
the fair had been disrupted by the kidnapping of the Iraqi
organizer. Although the organizer had since been released,
it was now deemed too late to put the fair on as scheduled.
Mohsen surmised that lackluster interst in the Gulf may have
also contributed to the postponement. (Comment: competition
from a similar exhibition in Amman may have also been a
factor.) He said that it was hoped that the exhibition will
be rescheduled for the fall.

2. (U) Post will provide any updates regarding the
rescheduling of this event when such information becomes
available.

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