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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered On Polio Eradication in Nigeria

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SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON POLIO ERADICATION IN NIGERIA

REF: STATE 65054

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1. (SBU) On June 25, we passed reftel information on polio
eradication and vaccination in Nigeria to Alexander Zakharov,
Counselor and Director of the Bilateral Relations Section of the
MFA's North America Department, and to Vasiliy Pospelov, Deputy
Director of the MFA's Department for External Policy Planning. On
June 26, we discussed with Zakharov U.S. efforts to encourage the
Government of Nigeria (GON) to devote resources and high-level
attention to polio eradication and vaccination efforts, and asked
for Russia to reiterate this message with the GON. Zakharov said he
would need to discuss the issue further with the MFA's Departments
for Africa, International Organizations, and External Policy
Planning, before the MFA would be in a position to react to the U.S.
request that Russia weigh in with the GON on polio eradication and
vaccination.

RUSSELL

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