Cablegate: Bahrain: Polio Eradication

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 201674

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1. (SBU) Pol/Econ chief September 21 delivered reftel
talking points, non-paper, and OIC resolutions regarding the
Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) to MFA Director for
Bilateral Affairs Dhafer Al-Umran. Al-Umran understood the
connection between the PEI and the Organization of Islamic
Conferences, but said that Bahrain, unlike many of the other
members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, had limited
financial resources and was unable to provide funding for the
WHO/UNICEF polio eradication initiative. He noted, however,
that Rotary International had taken on polio eradication as a
global community service project. As a member of the Rotary
in Bahrain, he said he would raise the issue at the next
meeting to see if the Rotary in Bahrain might be able to
assist in some way.


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