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Cablegate: Iraq: Italy Plans to Participate in Ici

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID EFIN EINV PGOV PREL IZ IT
SUBJECT: IRAQ: ITALY PLANS TO PARTICIPATE IN ICI
MINISTERIAL MEETING

REF: A) STATE 43799 B) 07 ROME 2480 C) 07 ROME 2415

1. Poloff delivered ref a points to Amb. Gianludovico De
Martino, Director of the MFA Iraq Task Force, on April 29.
De Martino said that Italy will have a new government by the
ICI Ministerial and was hopeful that the new Foreign Minister
would attend. De Martino noted that as IRFFI co-chair, Italy
would be prepared to make a presentation about its assistance
efforts at the conference.

2. De Martino noted that the Italian MFA's Iraq Task Force,
which was originally scheduled to be phased out during the
summer, will continue until the end of the year. De Martino
said he would like to continue pressing to operationalize
ICI/IRFFI mechanisms, would travel to Baghdad May 2-3 to
discuss his ideas further with Embassy Baghdad staff, and
would have an opportunity to meet with S/I Deputy Director
Blakeman in Rome on May 8.
SPOGLI

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