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SUBJECT: GLOBAL INITIATIVE: FRANCE WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS AND
CONSIDERING PARTICIPATION IN SEPTEMBER 4-5 CONFERENCE

REF: A. SECSTATE 69620
B. SECSTATE 80436
C. SECSTATE 77168

(SBU) On June 30, poloff delivered reftel A demarche to
French MFA Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GI)
action officer Thomas Guibert, regarding India and Jordan's
partnerships with the GI. On July 30, poloff informed
Guibert of Mauritius and Uzbekistan's GI partnership per
guidance in reftel B. On July 25, poloff also relayed the
U.S. request for French participation at the September 4-5 GI
Conference on Legal and Regulatory Frameworks to Guibert per
reftel C. Guibert welcomed the news of the new GI partners;
France had been particularly interested in India's
participation. He also noted that Mauritius plays an
important regional role, notably as an aerial and maritime
crossroad, and Guibert viewed its participation in the fight
against nuclear terrorism as a very positive step. He also
noted that Uzbekistan's participation should facilitate the
fight against trafficking in various areas; moreover, its
membership reinforces the important role that Central Asia
plays in the Initiative. Regarding the GI conference in
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Guibert has relayed the information
to colleagues in other ministries and will follow up as soon
as possible to indicate whether or not they will be able to
send representatives to the conference.

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Fran ce

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