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Cablegate: Bahraini Foreign Minister Affirms Support for Iraq

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SUBJECT: BAHRAINI FOREIGN MINISTER AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR IRAQ


1. (U) Speaking at the special conference on Iraq at the United
Nations in New York September 22nd, Bahrain's Foreign Minister
Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa affirmed "Bahrain's support of
Iraq and of the Iraqi Government in its efforts to reinforce its
national reconciliation." He also commented on "the importance of
finding a clear mechanism to face regional problems, and the
importance of regional cooperation." He stressed the key role of
neighboring countries in "preserving Iraq's borders and preventing
meddling in its internal affairs."

2. (U) The government-owned Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported the
Foreign Minister's remarks and all the major local news outlets gave
prominent coverage to the BNA account.

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