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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/25/2018
TAGS: PARM TRGY IR PM
SUBJECT: PANAMA: MESSAGE REINFORCING MESSAGE ON IRAN TO
SELECT NAM MEMBER STATES DELIVERED

REF: STATE 79505

Classified By: POLCOUNS Brian R. Naranjo. Reason: 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) First VP and FM Samuel Lewis said he fully understood
the U.S. message on Iranin advance of the Non-Aligned
Movement Foreign Ministers' meeting in Teheran, in response
to Charge's delivery of reftel demarche on July 23. "Panama
is not sending a high-level delegation," Lewis added, but
would be represented at this ministerial by its commercial
representative in Beijing. (Note: Panama has diplomatic
relations with Taiwan, not China; it's highest representative
in Beijing is its commercal representative.) Furthermore,
he was fully aware of the back and forth on the ministerial
statement and Iran's proposed resolution on its nuclear
program. Lewis did not commit to undertake any significant
diplomatic effort to press for the substance of reftel
demarche to be reflected in the NAM.

2, (C) COMMENT: By focusing in his response to the demarche
on the low-level of Panama's delegation, Lewis' message was
two-fold: Panama wishes to distant itself from the NAM FMs'
Teheran conference, and Panama will not have the political
weight in Teheran to press for changes on this ministerial
meeting's texts.
MESA

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