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Cablegate: Thanks for Assistance to Iraq Visit of Mongolian

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FROM AMBASSADOR MARK MINTON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR PREL MG IZ
SUBJECT: THANKS FOR ASSISTANCE TO IRAQ VISIT OF MONGOLIAN
DEFENSE MINISTER

REF: USDAO ULAANBAATAR IIR 050808Z APR 07

1. I want to express my personal thanks to the U.S. military
and State Department personnel who assisted in the March
27-28 visit to Iraq of Mongolian Defense Minister Sonompil to
meet with Mongolian troops and make a personal assessment of
the conditions in Iraq. I met with the Minister on April 4
(reftel) and, while the political leadership must endorse
this, the Defense Minister's visit appears to have set the
stage for a continued Mongolian presence in Iraq. Thus, the
visit was a very successful follow-up to President Bush's
phone call to his Mongolian counterpart on March 5, when the
Mongolian troops were days away from ending their force
protection role and departing Iraq.

2. Support for the visit of any VIP can be taxing at the
best of times, much less supporting a smooth visit to a war
zone. This visit also had its hiccups outside Iraq, and our
colleagues in Kuwait and elsewhere in the Gulf worked hard to
ensure that Defense Minister Sonompil's journey was
facilitated. He was very appreciative of your efforts. Well
done.

3. Some personnel we can cite by name, but there are many
others that helped and share in the credit. Those we know
deserve special thanks include:

MAJ Donald Kaufam
Mr. DeWitt Conklin
LTC Kenneth Cozzie
CPT Richard Doering
SFC Michael Eastham
SSG Thomas Evans
MAJ Steven Gambichler
MAJ Patricia Keenan
CW2 Marcus Khan
LTC Duff Mitchell
LTC Carol Veldhuizen

MINTON

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