Viewing cable 08LISBON2595
Title: PORTUGUESE NATO CONTRIBUTIONS

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08LISBON25952008-09-19 17:18:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Lisbon
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TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS AF AL HR IZ PO
SUBJECT: PORTUGUESE NATO CONTRIBUTIONS 
 
REF: A. STATE 97991 
     ¶B. STATE 99726 
     ¶C. STATE 99701 
 
Classified By: DEPUTY POL COUNSELOR TROY FITRELL, REASONS 1.4 (B,D) 
 
¶1. (C) In response to reftel demarches, Portuguese MFA Deputy 
Director for Security and Disarmament Paolo Teles da Gama 
told us September 19 that he had been tasked by Political 
Director Nuno Brito to develop options for further Portuguese 
contributions to the International Security Assistance Force 
(ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.  Teles da Gama appreciated our 
Ref A suggestion of a $2 million per year contribution, but 
suggested that contributions of communications equipment and 
personnel were more likely.  He welcomed our Ref B views on 
the Shindand incident and agreed that ISAF allies should 
improve communication and coordination with the Afghan 
government, a point for which Portuguese communications 
contributions might be useful. 
 
¶2. (C) In contrast to the ISAF tasking from his superiors, 
Teles da Gama said his office had received no requests to 
consider expanded contributions to the NATO Training 
Mission-Iraq (NTM-I).  He said he had provided info on 
Portugal's NTM-I contributions to date to Brito and Foreign 
Minister Amado, in light of the Iraq event at the UN General 
Assembly session.  Teles da Gama promised to update the 
briefing materials based on our Ref C request. 
 
¶3. (C) Regarding ratification of NATO membership for Albania 
and Croatia, Teles da Gama said that the administrative 
process is complete except for approval from the Minister of 
Defense, which is expected soon.  As soon as that is 
received, the government will be ready to submit the 
legislation to the Portuguese parliament. 
 
Comment 
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¶4. (C) That Portugal is already amenable to additional 
contributions to ISAF is useful, as is the knowledge that 
they have not actively considered doing likewise for NTM-I. 
We recommend these issues be priorities for upcoming meetings 
between senior U.S. and Portuguese officials. 
STEPHENSON