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Cablegate: Response to Request for Information On Security

VZCZCXRO2623
RR RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHBP #0748 3231250
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 191250Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY BAMAKO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0898
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC

UNCLAS BAMAKO 000748

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PM AND AF/W

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MARR PINS ML
SUBJECT: RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON SECURITY
DIALOGUES

REF: STATE 112900

1.(SBU) Embassy Bamako is happy to respond to the
Department's request for information on security dialogues.
The information in this cable has been relayed to the PolMil
Officer by the Defense Attache Office.

2.(SBU) The United States does not have an established
security dialogue with Mali, as that terminology appears to
be used in reftel, including but not limited to strategic
dialogues, security dialogues, pol-mil working groups,
security consultative mechanisms, military consultative
discussions, or high-level defense engagements.

3.(SBU) DAO is, however, in nearly continuous communication
with the Malian Ministry of Defense, to coordinate training
and military assistance programs offered to Mali by the
United States. A large number of Malian officers have
attended Senior Seminars offered by the Africa Center for
Strategic Studies (ACSS). VIP visits by Department of
Defense officials are frequent, including a July 2009 trip to
Mali by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African
Affairs.

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