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Cablegate: Morocco Optimistic On Prospect of Signing On To

VZCZCXRO8914
RR RUEHTRO
DE RUEHRB #0314 1011541
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 101541Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY RABAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8392
INFO RUEHAS/AMEMBASSY ALGIERS 4736
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO 2333
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 3564
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 5942
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 4983
RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI 0287
RUEHTU/AMEMBASSY TUNIS 9574
RUEHCL/AMCONSUL CASABLANCA 4008

UNCLAS RABAT 000314

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT PLEASE PASS TO NEA/MAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MNUC PARM PHSA PREL KNNP MO
SUBJECT: MOROCCO OPTIMISTIC ON PROSPECT OF SIGNING ON TO
PSI

REF: STATE 71525

1. (SBU) On April 3, 2008, Poloff extended ref invitation to
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director for United Nations
Division Azzedine Farhane for the Government of Morocco (GOM)
to attend the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) May
28-29 event in Washington D.C. Farhane said that he would
pass the diplomatic note and background materials to his
superiors and get back to us. After Poloff fielded questions
regarding the number of participants currently in PSI,
particularly among other African countries, Farhane seemed
pleased and said that he would personally recommend to his
superiors that the GOM should join the PSI since its
principles fall in line with other nonproliferation and
security measures that Morocco currently practices.

2. (SBU) On April 4, 2008, MFA Director General Youssef
Amrani indicated to DCM that Morocco was positively disposed
toward PSI. Later that day, MFA Secretary General Omar
Hilale briefly told PolCouns that he appreciated the
nvitation to the meeting in Washington D.C. and that the GOM
was very interested in PSI. Hilale said that there were some
unspecified bureaucratic obstacles to signing on but that MFA
officials were trying to work them.


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