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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 003202
1. (U) This is an action request. Please see paragraph
2. (C) Econ Counselor delivered ref A talking points
November 30 to Carlo Tripepi, the MFA Deputy Assistant
Secretary-equivalent official in charge of Missile Technology
Control Regime (MTCR) issues. Tripepi reiterated GOI support
for the USG proposal to update MTCR controls on UAVs and
cruise missiles (reported ref B) and stated that GOI concerns
over the USG proposal are "purely technical." He said the
GOI is "totally in favor" of the USG proposal, and proposed
that in lieu of face-to-face meetings or a DVC with a
political-level delegation, that technical experts meet via
DVC to address specific GOI questions about the USG proposal.
Tripepi stated that GOI experts have already passed
questions to USG counterparts.
3. (C) Tripepi later that day confirmed the availability of
GOI technical experts from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs,
Defense, and Foreign Trade to participate in a DVC on
December 11, 12, 14, or 15.
4. (C) Action requested. Post requests Department confirm
the availability of USG experts on one of these dates.
Embassy POC for logistical arrangements concerning this DVC
is Economic Officer David Whiting (whitingd(at)state.gov).
End action requested.