Cablegate: Non-Papers Submitted to Mfa Regarding Iraqi Travel

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E.O. 12356: N/A

Ref: State 28744

1. On March 4, 2004, Chief of Section met with Haluk Aca,
Head of the Visa Department at the MFA to discuss GOT
acceptance of Iraqi diplomatic and service (official)
passports and the Interim Travel Document for visa issuance.
She also provided him a copy of the revised CPA Order 16.

2. Mr. Aca explained that the GOT currently accepts all
Iraqi passports and, on rare occasion with advance
permission from the MFA, will accept the Interim Travel
Document. When MFA authorizes travel with the Interim
Travel Document it is equal to the US passport waiver. The
entry visa and stamps are placed on a different paper, not
the interim travel document.

3. The GOT does not plan to ever accept the Interim Travel
Document on a regular basis but will continue to accept all
Iraqi passports. The GOT is looking forward to a secure
ICAO compatible regular, official and diplomatic Iraqi
passports, and refugee travel documents.


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