Cablegate: Bahrain: Unga Resolution On Human Cloning

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: A. STATE 233492
B. MANAMA 1622

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1. (SBU) Pol/Econ chief October 30 delivered Ref A demarche
concerning the state of play on the Costa Rica resolution on
cloning to MFA Director for International Organization
Affairs Ghassan Shaikho. Shaikho was interested to hear that
Saudi Arabia will vote in favor of the resolution and
commented that the SAG must have obtained an opinion (fatwa)
from Saudi religious scholars in favor of banning all forms
of human cloning. If this was the case, the GOB would review
the fatwa and possibly also make use of it in justifying a
vote in favor of the Costa Rica resolution. The GOB had
still not received a fatwa from Bahrain's Ministry of Islamic
Affairs (Ref B). He stated that Bahrain always coordinates
its UN votes with Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.
Shaikho said he would pass the information to Bahrain's
mission to the UN and get an update.


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