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Cablegate: Mali's Response to the President's Global Food

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EEB/TPP/ABT GARY A CLEMENTS
EEB/TPP MIKAEL LURIE

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SUBJECT: MALI'S RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S GLOBAL FOOD
SECURITY INITIATIVE

REF: STATE 052628

In response to reftel, Embassy officials met with Sekouba
Cisse, Director of Political Affairs at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, on May 20. Cisse welcomed the President's
global food security initiative and praised continued
cooperation between the U.S. and Mali. He also welcomed the
U.S. offer to reduce agricultural subsidies in order to
ensure the success of the Doha development round. Cisse did
not directly address the issue of food export restrictions
beyond noting that every country must make its own policy
decisions. Concerning agriculture biotechnology, Cisse said
the Malian government was still discussing the pros and cons
of biotechnology and said the need to purchase new seeds each
year would pose a significant obstacle for Malian farmers.
Cisse's Deputy, Amadou Toure, added that anti-globalization
actives in Mali were currently guiding the national debate
over biotechnology due to their ability to "yell louder" than
biotech proponents.
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