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Cablegate: Maliat Demarche Received Positively in Bahrain

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS MANAMA 000319

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EB/TRA/AN:BMGRIMM AND LPFAUX-GABLE AND
NEA/ARP:PHEFFERNAN
AMMAN FOR JFLOWERS
DOT FOR A/S BHATIA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR BA
SUBJECT: MALIAT DEMARCHE RECEIVED POSITIVELY IN BAHRAIN

REF: A. STATE 40155

B. FEBRUARY 25 GRIMM E-MAIL

1. ECONOFF delivered reftel demarche and passed e-mailed
MALIAT texts and tables March 9 to Bahrain's Civil Aviation
Affairs (CAA) Director of Air Transport Ahmed Nemat Ali and
Air Transport Advisor Kamal Hefny Riyadh. By way of
background, Nemat Ali told ECONOFF that Bahrain already has
Open Skies agreements with Singapore and Brunei, but that
when Bahrain approached New Zealand to propose an Open Skies
agreement, New Zealand suggested that Bahrain join the
Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International
Air Transport (MALIAT) instead. The message to join MALIAT
was reinforced by his discussions with U.S. A/S for Aviation
and International Affairs Karan Bhatia during the February
Regional Summit on Aviation Safety and Security.

2. Nemat Ali said that Bahrain's CAA is very favorably
disposed to joining MALIAT, since liberalization increases
efficiency, and would carefully study the documents
presented. Once CAA comes to a formal decision to join
MALIAT, they will pass the documents to the Cabinet Ministry
Legal Affairs Directorate for review. Nemat Ali further
intends to propose to his BGC Beirut counterparts that
Lebanon join MALIAT, too. If they agree, the two countries
can together begin recruiting other Arab countries to join as
well, Nemay Ali said. (NOTE: To facilitate approval and
regional recruitment, ECONOFF subsequently forwarded
documents electronically. END NOTE).

3. Director Nemat Ali told ECONOFF March 9 that the Bahraini
delegation to the Regional Summit on Aviation Safety and
Security in Amman in February found the summit so useful that
Bahrain would like to host the next regional summit.
FORD

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