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Cablegate: Canada Welcomes U.S. - Caribbean Security

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STATE FOR WHA G. SNIDLE AND WHA/CAR - M. FORTIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PTER SNAR KJUS EAID MASS XL CA
SUBJECT: CANADA WELCOMES U.S. - CARIBBEAN SECURITY
DIALOGUE, WANTS TO PARTICIPATE

REF: STATE 114232

1. (U) Action request - please see para 4.

2. (SBU) In response to reftel demarche, Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) Deputy
Director for Defence and Security Relations Michael Kaduck
told pol/miloff on October 29 that Canada is keen to
participate in the U.S. - Caribbean Security Dialogue.
Officials from both DFAIT and Public Safety Canada will
attend the event, he said. The Dialogue complements the
Conservative government's desire to intensify security
engagement in the Americas, and to partner with like-minded
states in bolstering Caribbean and Central American
governance and security, according to Kaduck.

3. (SBU) Kaduck commented that Canada welcomed greater U.S.
attention to the Caribbean after seven years of
"understandable and appropriate" focus on major challenges in
South Asia and the Middle East. He added that sustained U.S.
engagement in the Caribbean will provide opportunities for
willing but less capable partners like Canada to leverage
their contributions to greater effect. Kaduck asked whether
the U.S. envisions Canadian (and European) assistant
secretary-equivalents attending the Dialogue. If so, he
observed, they would want to bring staff.

4. (U) Action request: please clarify desired level and size
of Canadian representation at the Dialogue.

Visit Canada,s Economy and Environment Forum at
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