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Cablegate: Us-Phillipines Arf Disaster Relief Exercise:

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKA #1242 3371133
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 021133Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY DHAKA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7842
INFO RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY 8742
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 2482
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 9981
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0962
RUEHGO/AMEMBASSY RANGOON PRIORITY 2695

UNCLAS DHAKA 001242

SIPDIS

EAP/RSP FOR KEVIN SHEIVES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID MARR ARF KCRS BG
SUBJECT: US-PHILLIPINES ARF DISASTER RELIEF EXERCISE:
BANGLADESH INTERESTED BUT NON-COMMITTAL

REF: SECSTATE 122937

1. (U) On Sunday November 23, PolOff met with Masudur
Rahman, Director of the Americas Wing at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, to encourage the Government of Bangladesh
(GOB) participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)
Disaster Relief Exercise scheduled for May 4-8. Rahman
expressed interest, noting that Bangladesh has cooperated
closely with ARF countries and promised that the GOB would do
its best to send a delegation. He added that the size of a
delegation would not exceed three individuals, but was not
yet in a position to discuss specifics yet given the timing
of the event.
PASI

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