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Cablegate: T Letter of Thanks to Mfa Assistant Secretary

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TO AMEMBASSY PARIS IMMEDIATE 0054

UNCLAS STATE 077357

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SUBJECT: T LETTER OF THANKS TO MFA ASSISTANT SECRETARY
CARRE FOR HIS ROLE IN PSI 5TH ANNIVERSARY

REF: STATE 023570

1. SUMMARY: French MFA Assistant Secretary for Strategic
Affairs, Security and Disarmament Philippe Carre led the
opening panel of the Senior-Level Meeting for all states
endorsing the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) held
May 28, 2008, in Washington, DC, on the occasion of the PSI's
Fifth Anniversary. The opening panel took stock of the first
five years of the PSI, and included statements and
presentations by representatives of Spain, the Netherlands,
Russia, and Italy. The PSI Senior-Level Meeting was attended
by representatives of 85 countries, almost all of the 92
states that have endorsed the PSI.

2. ACTION REQUESTED: Embassy is requested to deliver under
appropriate cover the following letter from Acting Under
Secretary John Rood to MFA Assistant Secretary for Strategic
Affairs, Security and Disarmament Philippe Carre, thanking
him for his leading role in the PSI Fifth Anniversary
Senior-Level Meeting. The State Department does not plan to
release the text of this message but has no objection if the
Government of France wishes to do so. There will be no
signed original.

3. Begin text of letter:

Dear Mr. Carre:

On behalf of the U.S. Government, I want to thank you for
introducing and leading the opening panel of the May 28, 2008
Senior-Level Meeting of Proliferation Security Initiative
(PSI) participants in Washington DC. Your leadership of the
panel made an important contribution to the success of the
meeting. This panel was a good way for the meeting
participants to take stock of the first five years of the
PSI, including the views of France and several other key PSI
partners.

I believe the PSI Fifth Anniversary Senior-Level Meeting was
very successful in reaffirming the strong commitment of the
PSI partner states to respond to the WMD proliferation
challenge. It also provided the participants from 85
countries an opportunity to strengthen communication with one
another. We hope this event will result in expanded
participation in PSI activities, particularly on a regional
basis. The United States recognizes that France plays a
significant role in the PSI, and we greatly appreciate your
Government's continued efforts and contributions to advancing
the PSI goals.

Sincerely,

John C. Rood
Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and
International Security

End text of letter.

4. POINTS OF CONTACT: Washington points of contact on the
PSI are Jane Purcell, e-mail: PurcelJa@state.gov ,
202-647-6186; and Carlos Guzman, e-mail: GuzmanCS@state.gov ,
202-647-6320. Department appreciates Post's assistance.
RICE

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