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Cablegate: Bahrain Endorses Global Initiative to Combat

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DE RUEHC #7720/01 1011814
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 101808Z APR 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 STATE 037720

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: DTRA PARM PREL PTER KGIC KNNP BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN ENDORSES GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO COMBAT
NUCLEAR TERRORISM

REF: STATE 36044 (NOTAL)

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SUMMARY
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1. (U) Bahrain became a partner nation to the Global
Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GI) on March 24,
2008, when Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed
al-Khalifa presented Secretary Rice with a diplomatic note
indicating Bahrain's endorsement of the GI Statement of
Principles. Bahrain is the 67th GI partner nation and the
first in the Gulf region. Department requests that posts in
current GI partner nation capitals notify host governments of
Bahrain's GI endorsement. END SUMMARY.

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OBJECTIVES
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2. (U) Department requests posts to pursue the following
objectives:


STATE 00037720 002 OF 003


--Inform host government Global Initiative counterparts that
Bahrain is a new partner nation of the Global Initiative and
that the U.S. has transmitted the current GI Plan of Work to
the Government of Bahrain.

--Inform host government that the U.S. has requested Bahrain
to provide information on their GI Points of Contact. Upon
receipt, the U.S. will distribute it to partner nations so
that they can begin to include Bahrain in their Global
Initiative correspondence.

--Inform host government that the U.S. has encouraged Bahrain
to directly contact the host country point of contact for any
Global Initiative activity in which they might want to
participate. The U.S. has also encouraged Bahrain to
consider hosting/proposing an activity in 2008-2009.

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REPORTING DEADLINE
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3. (U) Department requests that Embassy report results of
efforts by cable by April 21.

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POINT OF CONTACT
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STATE 00037720 003 OF 003


4. (U) All cables associated with the Global Initiative
should be slugged to the department for ISN/WMDT, T: Tim
Katsapis, S/CT as well as the relevant regional bureaus.
E-mails regarding the Global Initiative can also be sent to
globalinitiative@state.gov.
RICE

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