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Cablegate: Bahrain Seeking Human Rights Council Seat

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PP RUEHDE RUEHDIR
DE RUEHMK #0300 1291331
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 081331Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7848
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHBVAKS/COMUSNAVCENT PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0114
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0250

C O N F I D E N T I A L MANAMA 000300

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA, IO/RHS, DRL/MLGA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/08/2018
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNHRC BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN SEEKING HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SEAT

REF: STATE 46477 Classified By: Charge d'Affaires, a.i. Christopher Henzel for reasons 1 .4 (b) and (d). (C)

Poloff delivered reftel points to MFA Directorate of International Organizations officer Aisha bint Ahmed Al-Khalifa on May 8. Al-Khalifa confirmed that Bahrain will stand for election to the HRC and that it looks forward to continued close cooperation with the U.S. In response to the points about prior commitments and adopting UPR recommendations, Al-Khalifa said, "We're making progress every day," and Bahrain welcomes constructive criticism of its human rights record.

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