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Cablegate: Kosovo: Bahrain Coordinating with Gcc

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OO RUEHDE RUEHDIR
DE RUEHMK #0106 0520951
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 210951Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7607
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBW/AMEMBASSY BELGRADE PRIORITY 0011
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 0054
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0112
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE PRIORITY 0003
RUEHPS/USOFFICE PRISTINA SR PRIORITY 0007
RHBVAKS/COMUSNAVCENT PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MANAMA 000106

SIPDIS

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STATE FOR NEA AND EUR/SCE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/21/2018
TAGS: PREL UN UNMIK KV BA
SUBJECT: KOSOVO: BAHRAIN COORDINATING WITH GCC

REF: A. STATE 16319

B. MANAMA 98
C. STATE 15111
D. STATE 13716

Classified By: Ambassador Adam Ereli for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

(C) Ambassador met with Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa on February 18 and discussed Kosovo's declaration of independence. He told the FM that the U.S. would move quickly to recognize Kosovo, and called on Bahrain to do the same. The FM replied that Bahrain would recognize Kosovo's independence, but wanted to move "collectively with the GCC." He added that he expected an announcement would come soon, possibly within the next week. (Note: King Hamad responded enthusiastically on February 13 to Ambassador's request that Bahrain act quickly in recognizing Kosovo's independence (ref B). End note.) ********************************************* ******** Visit Embassy Manama's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX********************************************* ******** ERELI

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