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Cablegate: Messages From the Prime Minister to President Bush

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

UNCLAS MANAMA 001453

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR S/ES-CR AND NEA/ARPI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC PREL AMGT BA
SUBJECT: MESSAGES FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH
AND VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY ON FTA

1. (U) On September 15, 2004, post received letters of
congratulations from Prime Minister Khalifa Bin Salman Al
Khalifa to President Bush and Vice President Cheney on the
signing of the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. Original
documents are being sent by pouch to the desk.

2. (U) Begin text of letter to the President:

15 September 2004

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, I
would like to congratulate you and the Government of the
United States of America on the signing, on 14 September
2004, of the Free Trade Agreement between our two countries.
It is both a historic and momentous occasion and augers well
for the development of even closer trade ties and the further
expansion of our bilateral relations. I would like to
acknowledge, with thanks, the work of our respective
negotiating teams who have helped bring the Agreement to
fruition.

With my best regards,

Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain

End text of letter to the President.

3. (U) Begin text of letter to the Vice President:

14 September 2004

Mr. Vice President,

On behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain I send congratulations to
you and the government of the United States of America.
Today's Free Trade Agreement signing between our two nations
is a momentous occasion. I am sure we both recognize the
devotion of both our teams in bringing this agreement to a
successful conclusion.

With my best regards,

Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain

End text of letter to the Vice President.
MONROE

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