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05BANGKOK5456 MFA PROPOSES NOVEMBER 7 AND 8 FOR STRATEGIC DIALOGUE

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“39096”,”8/24/2005 10:36″,”05BANGKOK5456″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,

“05BANGKOK5366”,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”C O N F I D E N T I A L BANGKOK 005456

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP, EAP/MLS, EAP/RSP

DEFENSE FOR OSD/ISA (POWERS)

NSC FOR MORROW

PACOM FOR FPA HUSO

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/23/2015

TAGS: PGOV, MARR, MASS, TH, Strategic Dialogue

SUBJECT: MFA PROPOSES NOVEMBER 7 AND 8 FOR STRATEGIC

DIALOGUE

 

REF: BANGKOK 5366

 

Classified By: Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce. Reason 1.4 (a and d)

 

1. (C) MFA XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX told the

Ambassador on August 24 that the RTG looks forward to our

upcoming Dialogue to discuss security matters. XXXXXX

confirmed XXXXX will head the Thai delegation for the

Dialogue and that other Ministries, including the military

and NSC, will be represented. XXXXX formally suggested the

Dialogue be held in Bangkok on November 7 and 8 and asked

whether Washington could agree to those dates.

 

2. (C) XXXX suggested that any joint statement issued after

the upcoming September 19 bilateral meeting between PM

Thaksin Shinawatra and the President make mention of

Thaksin\’s pledge to set into motion an \”Action Plan\” to

strengthen the bilateral relationship and highlight the

Dialogue as a key part of that Action Plan. XXXX suggested

that an \”Action Plan\” could be virtually anything that we

wanted it to be and suggested that discussion of additional

ways to strengthen the bilateral relationship would be a good

topic for the Dialogue.

 

3. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

noted our need to now coordinate an agenda for the Dialogue.

XXXX indicated that, in addition to the agenda topics

discussed in reftel, the Thai would like to discuss seeking a

possible MOA on defense procurement modeled after the recent

MOA between the United States and Australia. XXXX also asked

that we use MFA\’s North American Affairs Division and the

Embassy as the conduit for setting the final agenda.

 

4. (C) In an aside with PolOff, XXXXX suggested that the

MOA would ideally help Thai private companies bid on U.S.

defense contracts and serve as a tangible way to demonstrate

benefits of Thailand\’s designation as a Major Non Nato Ally

(MNNA). XXXXXX also said that, contrary to her suggestions

outlined in reftel, the RTG may not have any problem with our

designating the talks a \”Strategic Dialogue.\” XXXX asked for

a few days to consult with other parts of her Government to

arrive at a coordinated position on the name.

BOYCE

Written by thaicables

July 7, 2011 at 5:50 am

Posted in Confidential, Military

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