Wikileaks Cablegate: Bahrain's King Hamad on India's role in Afghanistan

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Dec 11, 2010 at 02:26pm IST

Cable 09MANAMA642, GENERAL PETRAEUS WITH KING HAMAD: IRAQ,

Reference ID: 09MANAMA642

Date: 2009-11-04 06:06

Classification: SECRET//NOFORN

Wikileaks Cablegate: Bahrain's King Hamad on India's role in Afghanistan

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Origin: Embassy Manama

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SUBJECT: GENERAL PETRAEUS WITH KING HAMAD: IRAQ,

AFGHANISTAN, IRAN, NATO AWACS, ENERGY

Classified By: Ambassador Adam Ereli, reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: In an hour-long meeting on November 1 with

CENTCOM Commander General Petraeus, Bahrain's King Hamad said

Arab states need to do more to engage Iraq, discussed

Afghanistan and the positive role India could play, urged

action to stop Iran's nuclear program, and reviewed regional

plans for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. END SUMMARY.

2.(C) IRAQ: King Hamad fully endorsed General Petraeus's

point that increased Arab engagement and influence would help

frustrate Iranian designs in Iraq. He added that the Arabs

need Egyptian and Saudi leadership in this matter and that he

had tried to make this point to the Saudi government, but

with little effect.

3.(C) AFGHANISTAN: General Petraeus praised Bahrain's

commitment of a police company for internal security at FOB

Leatherneck. King Hamad confirmed that he would personally

see the force off at the airport on December 16. This date

will be the 10th anniversary of the King's assuming the

throne, and General Petraeus said that U.S. air assets would

be available on the 16th to transport the company to

Afghanistan. King Hamad inquired about the extent of India's

involvement in Afghanistan and noted that Bahrain saw India

as very positive force in the region. "It's a new era," he

said. "They can be of great help."

4.(C) IRAN: King Hamad pointed to Iran as the source of much

of the trouble in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He argued

forcefully for taking action to terminate their nuclear

program, by whatever means necessary. "That program must be

stopped," he said. "The danger of letting it go on is greater

than the danger of stopping it." King Hamad added that in

light of these regional developments, Bahrain was working to

strengthen GCC coordination and its relations with allies and

international organizations. He specifically mentioned NATO

and confirmed that Bahrain had agreed to the Alliance's

request to use Isa Airbase for AWACS missions, although the

detail on numbers and timing have yet to be discussed.

5.(S/NF) BAHRAIN AIR SHOW AND NUCLEAR ENERGY: King Hamad

asked General Petraeus for his help in encouraging U.S.

aircraft manufacturers to participate in the inaugural

Bahrain Air Show, scheduled for January 2010. He said that

France was pushing the Rafale and would be there in force,

although he agreed with Petraeus that the French fighter was

yesterday's technology. Warming to the subject of French

commercial diplomacy and referring to President Sarkozy, King

Hamad said, "The UAE will give him a hard time soon," over

France's proposed deal for nuclear reactors. "They're not

happy with the project he's offered them." King Hamad also

mentioned that Bahrain was studying options for using nuclear

power to generate electricity. He said he had asked the

Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Public Works to

present him recommendations and invited the Ambassador to

discuss with them possible U.S. involvement. Post will do so.

ERELI

Reproduced from cablegate.wikileaks.org


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