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Cablegate: Germany Will Be Represented (Barely) at Friends Of

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R 301510Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY BERLIN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1334
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEHAD/AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI 0152

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: IZ MARR MOPS OTRA PREL GM IQ
SUBJECT: GERMANY WILL BE REPRESENTED (BARELY) AT FRIENDS OF
IRAQ CONFERENCE

REF: STATE 56560

(SBU) PolOff delivered Reftel points to Dr. Ruediger Lotz,
Office Director for the MFA's Iraq desk, on May 30. Lotz
expressed appreciation for the draft agenda and noted the
expanded focus of the meeting from prior FOI conferences. He
said that a representative from Germany's embassy in Abu
Dhabi would attend as an observer. Lotz noted that Germany,
which is not part of the MNF-I, had generally not actively
participated in past FOI meetings. Given the expanded scope
of this FOI conference, and based on its embassy's read-out
of the Abu Dhabi conference, Germany may consider
participating in future meetings with higher-level
representation. PolOff will continue to press Germany to
participate in all Iraq-related meetings at an appropriately
high level.
TIMKEN JR

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