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Cablegate: Congratulatory Message From Archbishop Desmond Tutu

R 061519Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 6358
INFO AMCONSUL CAPE TOWN

UNCLAS PRETORIA 002456


FOR S/ES-CR (NATALIE CHAGNON), S/ES-O, AND AF/S

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC PREL OVIP SF
SUBJECT: CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU

REF: STATE 118192


As requested in reftel, Post passes the following letters of
congratulation to President-elect Barack Obama and Vice
President-elect Joseph Biden from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond
Tutu. Scanned copies of the original letters will be
forwarded via email; no originals have been provided.

Begin text first letter:

Dear President-elect Obama

Tremendous! We are overjoyed and send our warmest
congratulations to you on a superb victory.

This is an epoch-making event filling the whole world with
hope that change is possible. It is almost as when Nelson
Mandela became President of South Africa in 1994.

God bless you and your family and God bless the people of
America.

Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus

End text.

Begin text second letter:

Dear Vice President-elect Biden

My very warm congratulations on a hard won victory.

You and President-elect Obama have been superb. Not only do
you have the vote of the American people, but you have the
support of the international community who have been holding
their breath on the outcome of this election. You have shown
us that anything is possible and together we can work to
overcome the immense challenges ahead to make God's world the
caring, compassionate community he created it to be.

God bless you.

Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus

End text.


BOST

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