REF: MANAMA 647 Classified By: Ambassador Adam Ereli for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1.(C) SUMMARY: King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa told the Ambassador that he would await a recommendation from the United States before moving forward on a NATO request to station AWACS at Isa Air Base. He also expressed a desire to provide for the long-term energy needs of U.S. forces in Bahrain in order to guarantee their presence "for the next fifty years." End summary.
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