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Cablegate: Bahrain: Wto Dda Negotiations On Environmental

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DE RUEHMK #1276 1931501
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 121501Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5214
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0231
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY

UNCLAS MANAMA 001276

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
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STATE FOR EB/TPP/MTA MHIRSCH, NEA/ARP
STATE PASS USTR FOR JPRESSCOTT, JBUNTIN
GENEVA FOR USTR ALLGEIER/SHARK
COMMERCE/ITA FOR LODOM AND JSONESHINE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD SENV WTO BA ROW ECTRD
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN: WTO DDA NEGOTIATIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL
GOODS

REF: A. MANAMA 1218
B. STATE 107088

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for Internet distribution.

1. (U) Acting Pol/Econ Chief July 12 met with Ministry of
Industry and Commerce Assistant Undersecretary for Foreign
Trade Ahmed Bubshait and Director of Foreign Trade Relations
Eman Al-Doseri at Undersecretary Bubshait's request, for
follow-up discussion of subject demarche delivered July 2
(Ref A).

2. (SBU) Undersecretary Bubshait opened by noting positive
relations between Bahrain and the U.S. He said he was
surprised by the demarche reference to Bahrain's having taken
a "less pragmatic position" during Committee on Trade and
Environment in Special Session (CTESS) negotiations (Ref. B).
"Our delegation did not register an opinion."

3. (SBU) Director Al-Doseri elaborated. "Our delegation head
informed me that he never raised his flag on this issue. He
was very surprised to hear about this." She noted that the
U.S. demarche implied that the GoB had been supportive of
India's "project-based" approach. "We are not in favor of a
project-based approach. We support a product-based
approach."

4. (SBU) Undersecretary Bubshait and Director Al-Doseri each
requested details regarding what GoB actions had led to U.S.
criticism of the GoB position.

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