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Cablegate: Transmittal of Independence Day Letter From Prime

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SUBJECT: TRANSMITTAL OF INDEPENDENCE DAY LETTER FROM PRIME
MINISTER AL-MALIKI TO PRESIDENT BUSH

1. (U) Post received a letter addressed to the President
from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (PM) dated July 1,
2008. Scanned copies of the original document and the
translation to English have been emailed to the NSC and
NEA/I. The following is Post's translation of the Arabic
text into English.

2. (U) Begin text:

Republic of Iraq
Nouri Kamil al Maliki

Prime Minister

To: His Excellency President George W. Bush
President of the United States of America


Mr. President,

Warmest Greetings,

It is my great pleasure to send to you and to our friends,
the American people, our most sincere congratulations on the
occasion of Independence Day, July 4th, 2008.

I take this opportunity to express again our deepest
appreciation for the very distinguished role that you have
assumed to support the people and the Government of Iraq to
achieve security and stability and to establish strong
pillars of Democracy and Freedom in the new Iraq. We would
like to also wholeheartedly emphasize at the same time our
great determination to continue our joint constructive
cooperation in all areas and in a manner that serves the
interest of our two friendship-bound countries.

Our sincere wishes to you and to your family for good health
and well-being and to the American people for continued
progress and prosperity.

Please accept my most sincere expressions of respect.


Nouri Kamil Al Maliki
Prime Minister
of the Republic of Iraq

End Text
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