DOS Cable re: Secretary's Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Graham

State Department Cable concerning Secretary of State Powell meeting with Minister of Canadian Foreign Affairs William Graham to discuss trade issues and the treatment of Al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners held in detention at Guantanamo. The meeting underscored the long standing and close relationship the U.S. and Canada have had and enjoyed over the years.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002
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TO AMEMBASSY OTTAWA IMMEDIATE
INFO ALL CANADIAN POSTS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
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SUBJECT: THE SECRETARY'S MEETING WITH MINISTER OF FOREIGN
AFFAIRS GRAHAM, FEBRUARY 14

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REASONS: 1.5 (B AND (D).

2.
(U)"THE SECRETARY'S MEETING WITH THE CANADIAN MINISTER
OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WILLIAM GRAHAM, FEBRUARY 14, 12:00-1:30

P.M. IN THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE AND DINING ROOM.

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U.S.
THE SECRETARY
ADM. WALT DORAN
WHA A/S OTTO REICH

PA RICHARD BOUCHER

CRAIG KELLY
EB A/S TONY WAYNE

WHA/CAN DIR NANCY MASON

CANADA

FOREIGN MINISTER WILLIAM GRAHAM
ASST. DEPUTY FM MARC LORTIE
AMBASSADOR MICHAEL KERGIN
AILEEN CAROLL, MP

EMBASSY POLMIN PETER BOEHM
DEFENSE ATTACHE, ADM. IAN MACK

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4. (C) SUMMARY: IN A FEBRUARY 14TH MEETING,1 B1

THE SECRETARY TOLD FOREIGN MINISTER WILLIAM GRAHAM HE
LOOKED FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM TO MAINTAIN EXISTING
EXCELLENT RELATIONS; NOTED THE COMPLEXITY AND SENSITIVITY
OF TRADE ISSUES SUCH AS SOFTWOOD LUMBER AND STEEL;
DISCUSSED TREATMENT OF AL QAIDA AND TALIBAN DETAINEES AT
GUANTANAMO BAY; REVIEWED THE IMPORTANCE OF A SERIES OF
MEETINGS LEADING TO THE NATO SUMMIT AT PRAGUE IN NOVEMBER;

. (C) GRAHAM'

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6. (C) THE SECRETARY WARMLY WELCOMED GRAHAM,
CONGRATULATED HIM ON HIS NEW POSITION AND SAID HE LOOKED
FORWARD TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH HIM OVER THE MONTHS AND
YEARS TO COME. HE NOTED THAT HE HAD ENJOYED WORKING WITH
FORMER FM MANLEY,1

.IHE UNDERSCORED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE
BILATERAL RELATIONSHIPS

.THE SECRETARY ACKNOWLEDGED
CONTENTIOUS TRADE ISSUES SUCH AS SOFTWOOD LUMBER, POTATOES
AND STUFFED MOLASSES.

(C) GRAHAM SAID THE SOFTWOOD LUMBER ISSUE/

8. (C) THE SECRETARY ASKED VICE ADMIRAL DORAN TO OPEN THE LUNCHEON PORTION WITH
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. (C) GRAHAM SAID

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THE STATUS OF DETAINEES AT

GUANTANAMO BAY, GRAHAM SAID

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11. (C) THE SECRETARY TURNED TO A SERIES OF UPCOMING AND
IMPORTANT MEETINGS RELATING TO NATO!

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15. (U) AS THE MEETING BROKE UP, AMBASSADOR KERGIN NOTED
THAT CANADA WAS VERY INTERESTED IN ADVANCING ALL THIRTY
OBJECTIVES IN THE BORDER PLAN, BUT WAS ESPECIALLY
INTERESTED IN A "SAFE THIRD" AGREEMENT.

POWELL

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