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Cablegate: Tunisia: Ambassador Pushes Carthage On Science

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DEPARTMENT FOR OES (SENSENEY AND LAWRENCE), S/P (BEHRMAN),
S/SRMC (CHANDLER), AND R (NOOR-ALI); ALSO FOR NEA/MAG
NSC STAFF FOR SENIOR DIRECTOR RAMAMURTHY

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TAGS: PREL TSPL TS
SUBJECT: TUNISIA: AMBASSADOR PUSHES CARTHAGE ON SCIENCE
AND TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT

REF: A. TUNIS 35
B. TUNIS 8
C. 09 TUNIS 938
D. 09 TUNIS 928
E. 09 TUNIS 869
F. 09 TUNIS 757

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(SBU) In the course of the Ambassador's January 20 courtesy
call, Presidential Chief of Staff Ahmed Ouederni cited
science and technology (S&T) as an area in which the United
States and Tunisia could deepen bilateral cooperation. In
reply, the Ambassador followed up on previous ministerial
meetings (refs B-E) by noting that the 2004 U.S.-Tunisia S&T
Agreement had yet to be ratified by the Government of
Tunisia. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of S&T
cooperation as a component of the "new beginning" laid out in
the President's Cairo speech and the Secretary's speech at
the Forum for the Future in Marrakech. Ouederni was
apparently knowledgeable about the S&T Agreement but did not
offer any reply. On a related note, Ambassador raised the
upcoming visit of Science Envoy Dr. Elias Zerhouni; Ouederni
was familiar with Dr. Zerhouni and welcomed the visit.
GRAY

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