Viewing cable 05MUSCAT280
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 02/16/2005

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05MUSCAT2802005-02-16 13:36:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 MUSCAT 000280 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT. FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/DSS/OSAC, 
CA/OCS, NEA/EX, NEA/ARPI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER KHLS KVPR CASC MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 02/16/2005 
 
REF: MUSCAT 0229 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission William R. Stewart. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the core 
Emergency Action Committee February 16 to review the 
Embassy's security posture prior to the local holiday 
weekend.  Members of the EAC noted no substantive changes in 
the local security environment since the last meeting. 
Accordingly, the EAC agreed that the Embassy's already 
heightened security posture and FPCON remain appropriate. 
End Summary. 
 
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Security Environment 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On February 16, the Ambassador chaired a meeting 
of the core Emergency Action Committee ("EAC") to review the 
Embassy's security posture prior to the local holiday 
weekend.  The meeting opened with a discussion of the local 
and regional security situations; the EAC continued to 
characterize the former as stable.  Members of the EAC noted 
no new threat reporting specific to Oman. 
 
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Upcoming Events 
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¶3.  (SBU)  The discussion shifted to upcoming local events, 
specifically those being held in conjunction with the Middle 
East Air Symposium, scheduled for February 21-23, and The 
American International School of Muscat's "Festival of 
Choirs," scheduled for February 25.  The latter event will 
host visiting American school students from India, Qatar, and 
the U.A.E.  It was further noted that security planning is 
underway for approaching Free Trade Agreement negotiations, 
scheduled for March 11-14.  Security for the aforementioned 
events is being fully coordinated with the Royal Oman Police, 
who remain responsive to the Embassy's security needs. 
 
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Crisis Management 
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¶4.  (SBU)  The EAC also used the opportunity to review 
valuable "lessons learned" derived from the FSI-sponsored 
Crisis Management Training held on February 13 and 14.  On a 
related note, RSO provided the EAC with updates to ongoing 
security upgrade projects, such as the installation of 
drop-arms in the approach to the Embassy's vehicle gate, and 
creation of an exterior "safe area" in the motorpool. 
 
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Sustained Vigilance 
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¶5.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO asked all 
members of the EAC to continue reinforcing to both their 
staffs and family members the need for security awareness. 
RSO also re-emphasized that all suspicious activity or 
security-related incidents, as insignificant as they may 
appear, should be reported to Post One immediately. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶6.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there have been no 
substantive changes in previously reported assessments of the 
local security environment since the last meeting held on 
February 9 (reftel), and that the Embassy's FPCON and already 
heightened security posture remain appropriate.  Nonetheless, 
the EAC remains acutely aware of the need to monitor both the 
regional and local security and threat environments, and is 
prepared to take the necessary countermeasures should changes 
to either occur.  AMB, DCM, RSO, ARSO, P/E, RMAS, CONS, MGT, 
DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the 
meeting, which was followed by a meeting of the Visas Viper 
Committee. 
BALTIMORE