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Cablegate: Encouraging Greater Regional Engagement with Iraq

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SUBJECT: ENCOURAGING GREATER REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT WITH IRAQ

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1. (U) EU contacts confirmed that the EU will be represented
at the Expanded Neighbors process on April 22 in Kuwait by
Slovenian Presidency Foreign Minister Rupel, Council desk
officer for Iraq Sophie Kisling, and Commission Deputy
Director-General for the Middle East Hugues Mingarelli.
Council HiRep Javier Solana and Commissioner for External
Affairs Benita Ferrero Waldner will both be in Japan for the
EU-Japan summit meeting on 22 April and thus are unable to
attend the Expanded Neighbors meeting. Council contact
understands both French FM Kouchner and British FM Miliband
will also attend the neighbors meeting. EU participation in
the May 29 Stockholm ministerial meeting of the International
Compact with Iraq has not yet been determined. Council
contact assured us that encouraging debt relief, diplomatic
representation, general establishment of friendly relations,
and (where appropriate) non-interference are routinely
included in their talking points with Arab governments.

2. (SBU) PM Maliki will visit Brussels on 16 and 17 April and
will meet with EU officials on the 16th as follows:
President of the European Parliament Han-Gert Poettering,
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and
Secretary General/High Representative of the Council Javier

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