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06RABAT1720 2006-09-14 15:50:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Rabat
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1. (SBU) Embassy Rabat has conveyed to senior levels of the
GOM the U.S. invitation for Morocco to participate with
President Bush in a roundtable discussion on democracy on the
margins of UNGA, September 19 (ref B). Morocco will be
represented in the discussion by Prime Minister Jettou.

2. (SBU) The Embassy has also conveyed the invitation for
Morocco to participate in the September 20 Community of
Democracies Ministerial (ref A), and the request for a
bilateral meeting between U/S Burns and Foreign Minister
Benaissa, within the parameters conveyed ref C. Foreign
Minister Benaissa is currently leading the Moroccan
delegation to the NAM summit in Havana.

3. (SBU) Additionally, the Embassy approached Zouheir
Merchaoui, Chief of Staff to Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)
Secretary-General Ben Yahia, with the request that U/S Burns

be included in an AMU meeting on the margins of UNGA (ref C).
Merchaoui undertook to pass the request to Ben Yahia, who is
traveling, and respond as soon as possible.

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