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Cablegate: Establishing a Consulate in Mombasa

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DE RUEHNR #5217 3421008
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R 081008Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5973
INFO RUEHDK/AMEMBASSY DAKAR 1231
RUEHDR/AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM 5005
RUEHLU/AMEMBASSY LUANDA 0848

UNCLAS NAIROBI 005217

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/E, AF/EX, L/AF, AF/EX/PMO WESTON, OBO/AM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KE PGOV
SUBJECT: ESTABLISHING A CONSULATE IN MOMBASA

REF: STATE 188051

1. (U) This is an action request. See para 3.

2. (U) PolCouns has informally discussed establishing a
consulate in Mombasa with the Protocol Office of MFA. MFA
Protocol reviewed draft dipnote on the subject (see para 3
below) and communicated agreement in principle. MFA Protocol
noted that the GoK maintains a consulate in Los Angeles and
intends to apply for USG approval to open a consulate in New
York City. They also noted the previous existence of an
American Consulate in Mombasa. Formal approval will require
a cabinet decision, but MFA Protocol indicated this was a
formality.

3. (U) Action request: Post requests Department clearance
on the following diplomatic note. Begin text of note:

Complimentary opening...
..and has the honor to refer to diplomatic note 168/279/002A.
Based on this agreement, the Embassy has the honor to
request the Republic of Kenya's concurrence in the opening of
an American Consulate in Mombasa.

The American Consulate we propose would focus on
representation, increasing the commercial and cultural ties
between our two countries and providing emergency services as
needed to U.S. citizens. Our request to open this consulate
recognizes the role of Mombasa as the commercial and
transportation hub of East Africa and an increasingly popular
destination for American tourists.

We kindly request that the Ministry formally communicate to
provincial, municipal and other authorities in Mombasa our
intent to establish this consulate. We will consult with the
Ministry and local officials as we further develop our plans
and determine staffing levels and an opening date. The
Embassy requests that the planned opening of the consulate
not be publicly divulged at this time. The Embassy will
coordinate with the Ministry on a joint announcement to be
made early in 2007.
Complimentary closing...

4. (U) Post thanks Washington offices for their prompt
response to this message.

5. (U) We will begin researching residential and commercial
lease costs the week of 11 December and communicate results
to AF/EX/PMO.
RANNEBERGER

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