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Cablegate: Bahrain: New World Bank President

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SUBJECT: BAHRAIN: NEW WORLD BANK PRESIDENT

REF: STATE 73691

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1. (SBU) The Ambassador May 31 delivered reftel information
concerning the nomination of Robert Zoellick to be World Bank
president to Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al
Khalifa. Shaikh Ahmed said that Bahrain knew Zoellick well
from the FTA negotiations and would be fully supportive of
his nomination. He said he planned to write Zoellick to
congratulate him on the nomination.

2. (SBU) Pol/Econ Chief also delivered the information to
MFA Director for Bilateral Affairs Dr. Dhafer Al Umran May
30. Al Umran characterized Zoellick as a "great choice." In
Al Umran's view, the primary focus of the World Bank should
be on poverty alleviation and sustainable development. He
stated that Zoellick is someone who has demonstrated interest
in and concern about these issues.


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