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Cablegate: Isn Letter of Thanks to Singapore Psi Presenter

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TO AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE IMMEDIATE 8922

UNCLAS STATE 082982

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SUBJECT: ISN LETTER OF THANKS TO SINGAPORE PSI PRESENTER

REF: A. STATE 023580
B. STATE 069357

1. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND: On May 29, 2008, the United
States hosted a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
Outreach Workshop in Washington, attended by representatives
of 21 countries that have not yet endorsed the PSI, as well
as most of the 92 PSI participating states. The workshop
provided detailed information on the broad range of PSI
activities and tools that have been developed for training,
organizing for, and conducting interdictions of shipments of
proliferation concern. Michelle Teo-Jacob, Deputy Director
(Counter Proliferation and International Security), MFA, gave
a presentation on how a government can organize interagency
coordination to achieve PSI objectives, using Singapore's
experience as an example (copy can be forwarded upon request).

2. ACTION REQUESTED: Embassy is requested to deliver under
appropriate cover the following letter from Acting Assistant
Secretary Patricia McNerney to Ms. Teo-Jacob, thanking her
for her presentation. There will be no signed original.

3. Begin text of letter:

Dear Ms. Teo-Jacob:

I would like to thank you for giving the presentation on
"Organizing for PSI" at the May 29, 2008 Proliferation
Security Initiative (PSI) Outreach Workshop in Washington,
DC. Your presentation made an important contribution to the
Workshop.

I believe the Outreach Workshop was very successful both
because it informed states of the many ongoing PSI activities
and because it provided states with concrete ways to improve
their capabilities to stop WMD-related trafficking. The
United States greatly appreciates the significant role that
Singapore plays in advancing the PSI's goals, including in
outreach. We believe that we must continue PSI outreach,
both to encourage more states to endorse the PSI and
encourage states that have already endorsed to participate
more actively. We look forward to continuing our work
together in support of the PSI.

Sincerely,

Patricia A. McNerney
Acting Assistant Secretary for International Security and
Nonproliferation,
Department of State

End text of letter.

4. POINTS OF CONTACT: Washington points of contact on the
PSI are Jane Purcell, e-mail: PurcelJa@state.gov,
202-647-6186; and Carlos Guzman, e-mail: GuzmanCS@state.gov,
202-647-6320. Department appreciates Post's assistance.
RICE

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