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Cablegate: Nicaragua: Ortega Invited to Trade Summit

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R 301943Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANAGUA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2973
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS MANAGUA 000979

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STATE PASS USTR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD ECON
SUBJECT: NICARAGUA: ORTEGA INVITED TO TRADE SUMMIT

REF: SECSTATE 80675

1. (SBU) Post delivered reftel invitation to President Ortega
via diplomatic note on July 29 seeking his participation in a
trade summit to be held during the September 22 - 26
timeframe, to coincide with the United Nations General
Assembly. Emboffs also contacted officials at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and
Development to make them aware of the invitation and enlist
their support in encouraging Ortega's participation in the
summit.

2. (SBU) Comment: Post will continue to follow up with the
Nicaraguan Government and relay any substantive response.
However, President Ortega's travel is often confirmed only at
the last minute, and coordination with the his staff is
exceedingly difficult. Given Ortega's generally
uncomplimentary view of the United States - Central America -
Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, we would be somewhat
surprised if he chose to participate in the trade summit.
End comment.
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