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Cablegate: Malaysia On U.S. International Maritime

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OO RUEHDT RUEHPB
DE RUEHKL #0929 3220713
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 180713Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR
TO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON IMMEDIATE 0679
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3464
RUCNARF/ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC

UNCLAS KUALA LUMPUR 000929

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, EAP/RSP, IO/T (T.JOHNSON)
NSC FOR D.WALTON
EMBASSY LONDON FOR J.WHITTLESEY
USCG FOR CG-52 AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHSA ECON IMO AORC UK MY
SUBJECT: MALAYSIA ON U.S. INTERNATIONAL MARITIME
ORGANIZATION CANDIDACY

REF: STATE 98012

1. (U) Post delivered reftel demarche via dipnote to
Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) with info copy
to Ministry of Transportation (MOT) on November 18.

2. (U) Ministry of Transportation Deputy Under Secretary Mohd
Saiful Ridwan told EconOff that Malaysia would carefully
consider the request for support for the U.S. candidacy to
the International Maritime Organization (IMO) council in
Category "A," but would not be able to commit at this time.

3. (U) Saiful noted that Malaysia's delegation will be led by
Minister of Transportation Ong Tee Keat. He suggested that
the U.S. delegation contact Malaysia's delegation in London
if the U.S. side wishes to discuss the candidacy further.


KEITH

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