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Cablegate: (C/Nf) Kudos for Brazil Foreign Policy Reporting

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R 092129Z SEP 09
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 4130

C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 093866

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/09/2034
TAGS: PINR PREL BR
SUBJECT: (C/NF) KUDOS FOR BRAZIL FOREIGN POLICY REPORTING
(C-AL9-01864)

REF: A. BRASILIA 001041
B. BRASILIA 001038

Classified By: MICHAEL P. OWENS, ACTING DIR, INR/OPS. REASON: 1.4(C).

1. (C/NF) WASHINGTON ANALYSTS WISH TO THANK THE POLITICAL
SECTION FOR THE TWO DETAILED AND TIMELY REFTELS ON BRAZILIAN
FOREIGN POLICY. BRASILIA 001041 PROVIDED A THOROUGH RUNDOWN
OF BRASILIA'S REACTION TO THE RECENT US-COLOMBIA DEFENSE
AGREEMENT, WHICH GARNERED SUBSTANTIAL ATTENTION FROM US
POLICYMAKERS IN WASHINGTON. WE WILL USE INSIGHTS FROM THE
CABLE IN AN UPCOMING ASSESSMENT OF BRAZIL'S REGIONAL FOREIGN
POLICY. WE ALSO APPRECIATED BRASILIA 001038, WHICH PROVIDED
A DETAILED READOUT OF US OFFICIALS' VISITS WITH HIGH-LEVEL
LULA ADMINISTRATION COUNTERPARTS ON KEY GLOBAL ISSUES,
INCLUDING NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION, NORTH KOREA, AND IRAN.
THE CABLE DID A PARTICULARLY FINE JOB OF HIGHLIGHTING POLICY
DIFFERENCES AMONG KEY ACTORS WITHIN THE BRAZILIAN FOREIGN
POLICY ESTABLISHMENT, ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO THE
ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL. INSIGHTS FROM REFTEL WILL BE USED IN
TWO UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS OF BRAZILIAN FOREIGN POLICY. US
POLICYMAKERS REMAIN INTERESTED IN BRASILIA'S STANCE ON KEY
GLOBAL ISSUES AS ITS INTERNATIONAL CLOUT GROWS AND, MORE
IMMEDIATELY, AS BRASILIA PREPARES TO TAKE A NON-PERMANENT
SEAT ON THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL THIS JANUARY. MANY THANKS
FOR THE TIMELY AND VALUABLE REPORTING.
CLINTON

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