Viewing cable 05MUSCAT427
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 03/09/2005

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05MUSCAT4272005-03-09 12:51:00 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 000427 
 
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 CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 03/09/2005 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 40460 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 0377 
 
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 Deputy Chief of Mission chaired a meeting of 
the core Emergency Action Committee March 9 to review the 
Embassy's security posture prior to the local weekend. 
Members 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 March 9, the Deputy Chief of Mission chaired a 
meeting of the core Emergency Action Committee ("EAC") to 
review the Embassy's security posture prior to the local 
weekend.  The meeting opened with a discussion of the local 
security situation, which the EAC continued to characterize 
as stable.  Likewise, the EAC noted no/no new threat 
reporting specific to Oman. 
 
¶3.  (U)  CONS briefed the EAC on the March 8 Worldwide 
Caution Public Announcement (reftel A), updated as a reminder 
of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and 
anti-American violence against U.S. citizens and interests 
overseas.  CONS confirmed that the Public Announcement will 
be distributed via Warden Message to both the official and 
private American citizen communities. 
 
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Upcoming Events 
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¶4.  (SBU)  The EAC again reviewed upcoming events, including 
Free Trade Agreement negotiations scheduled for March 11-15, 
and a visit by the USS Thatch (FFG 43) to Port Sultan Qaboos 
from March 10-13.  Security for the events continues to be 
coordinated with the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and ROP Coast 
Guard, respectively.  RSO also confirmed completion of 
security arrangements for The American International School 
of Muscat's March 10 "International Day," expected to host up 
to 700 guests. 
 
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Overseas Schools 
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¶5.  (SBU)  Members also discussed recent soft-target security 
upgrade grants received in conjunction with Phase III of the 
Overseas Schools Security Program.  RSO described the scope 
of Phase III for the EAC, including specific security 
upgrades to be performed at six schools attended by American 
citizen students. 
 
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Sustained Vigilance 
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¶6.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, and referencing 
the aforementioned Worldwide Caution, RSO reiterated that 
members of the EAC must continue reinforcing to both their 
staffs and family members the need for vigilance regarding 
all aspects of personal security.  RSO further re-emphasized 
the importance of immediately reporting all suspicious 
activity or security-related incidents to Post One. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶7.  (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 
March 5 (reftel B).  Accordingly, members agreed that the 
Embassy's already heightened security posture and FPCON 
remain appropriate.  Embassy Muscat 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.  DCM, P/E, 
MGT, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, CONS, DAO, and OMC (USDR) participated 
in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE