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Cablegate: Lebanon: Gol Requests Financial Support to Attend

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHLB #0696 1361630
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 151630Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1894
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 2298

UNCLAS BEIRUT 000696

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR IO/UNESCO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC PGOV PREL PTER SOCI UNESCO LE
SUBJECT: LEBANON: GOL REQUESTS FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO ATTEND
UNESCO CONFERENCE

REF: SECSTATE 46958

1. (SBU) PolOff delivered reftel demarche to Elie Mekhael,
Secretary General of the Council for Children at the Ministry
of Social Affairs (MSA) on May 7. Mekhael said he was very
interested in attending the UNESCO Conference on the
Counterradicalization of Youth being held in Bahrain June
15-17, but due to the MSA's tight budget, he would be unable
to attend. He asked PolOff for funding suggestions and said
he would encourage local NGOs contacts to participate if
UNESCO financial support was limited civil society
participants.

2. (SBU) Comment: Post welcomes the Department's suggestions
on possible sources of financial assistance to help SYG
Mekhael to attend the UNESCO conference. This is a key topic
in Lebanon and Mekhael would be a useful contributor to the
conference discussions. End Comment.
SISON

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