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Cablegate: Bahrain: Soliciting Contributions to the Nuclear

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RR RUEHDE RUEHDIR
DE RUEHMK #0447 1891312
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 071312Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7975
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RHBVAKS/COMUSNAVCENT
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL

C O N F I D E N T I A L MANAMA 000447

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/07/2018
TAGS: KNNP IAEA ENRG BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN: SOLICITING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NUCLEAR
THREAT INITIATIVE PROPOSAL FOR A NUCLEAR FUEL BANK

REF: STATE 68313

Classified By: CDA Christopher Henzel for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1.(C) Poloff briefed MFA Legal Affairs officer Najah Ali Rashid on the Nuclear Threat Initiative proposal on July 3 and made the case for a GOB contribution to the fund. He pointed out that Bahrain's MOU commitments on obtaining fuel from established international sources would make it a prime candidate to benefit from the establishment of a nuclear fuel bank, and that a financial contribution to the project by a potential beneficiary would send the right message.

2.(C) Rashid reiterated the GOB's fuel cycle commitments and noted King Hamad's directive to pursue nuclear energy transparently and in accordance with all international non-proliferation standards. She indicated interest in the fuel bank proposal and undertook to consult with MFA Legal Adviser Dr. Yusuf Abdulkarim, the GOB's point-man on nuclear non-proliferation, about a possible contribution. ********************************************* ******** Visit Embassy Manama's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX********************************************* ******** HENZEL

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