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Cablegate: Turkish President, Pm Congratulate Potus, Vp On

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050912Z Nov 04

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ANKARA 006276

SIPDIS

FOR EUR/SE FOR DAVID MCCORMICK

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL
SUBJECT: TURKISH PRESIDENT, PM CONGRATULATE POTUS, VP ON
ELECTION VICTORY

REF: A. 11/04/2004 MCFARLAND/MCCORMICK FAX

B. 11/04/2004 MCFARLAND/MCCORMICK E-MAIL
C. 11/05/2004 MCFARLAND/MCCORMICK FAX

1. (U) The Turkish MFA faxed us the following letters of
congratulations dated November 4, 2004 from Turkish President
Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
addressed to President Bush and a letter of congratulations
dated November 4, 2004 from Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
to Vice President Cheney.

2. (U) Begin unofficial translation of text of Sezer letter
to President Bush:

His Excellency
George W. Bush
President of the USA

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations on your
re-election as the President of the United States of America.

As two staunch allies, Turkey and the US have acted in close
cooperation and solidarity for over half a century in
protecting the common values of the community of free
nations. I am fully confident that this partnership, which
is significant not only in bilateral relations but also in
the strengthening of the peace and security in the greater
geography encompassing the Balkans, Caucuses, Middle East and
Central Asia, will continue in your second term as the
President of the USA, having gained new dimensions and
strength.

In this regard, I would like to renew our determination in
the further enhancement of our bilateral relations in various
fields, foremost in the fight against terrorism and the
promotion of our common values and peace in the our region
and the world.

Mr. President, I would like to take this opportunity to
express my best wishes for your health, happiness and
success, as well as the well-being and prosperity of our
friends, the people of the United States of America.

Sincerely,
Ahmet Necdet Sezer
President of the Republic of Turkey
END TEXT.


3. (U) Begin unofficial translation of text of Erdogan letter
to President Bush:

His Excellency Mr. George W. Bush
United States of America

Mr. President,

I congratulate Your Excellency on the occasion of Your (sic)
reelection as the President of the United States of America.

On this occasion I would like to emphasize the importance
that we attach to the relations between our two countries
that have a deep rooted history and common values. We always
have the desire and the will to further our relations with
the United States which is a friend, ally and the main
partner of Turkey in regional and world affairs.

Besides our bilateral relations, the fight against terrorism,
transatlantic cooperation, regional stability and
transformation, establishing harmony among civilizations,
combating the proliferation of WMD's, the expansion of the EU
and NATO and the strengthening of international institutions
are issues for which we will exercise mutual effort with the
USA and in which we have a common vision.

I am confident that in your second term as the President of
the USA, the cooperation between our two countries will
continue to grow. In this regard, the close dialogue and
cooperation that we are going to maintain will contribute to
the enhancement of our mutual interests as well as to the
global peace, stability and the dynamism of transatlantic
relations.

Mr. President, I would like to take this opportunity to renew
my best wishes for your personal health and happiness as well
as for the continuation of the success of Your administration.

Sincerely yours,

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
END TEXT.


4. (U) Begin unofficial translation of text of Erdogan letter
to Vice President Cheney:

H.E. Dick Cheney
Vice President of the USA

Mr. Vice President,
I would like to extend to You (sic) my sincere
congratulations on the occasion of your election as the Vice
President of the United States of America for a second term.
In this regard, I would like to reiterate my conviction that
the Turkish-American relations based on deep-rooted
friendship, will develop to the benefit of our two countries
and will continue to contribute to the peace and stability of
our region.

Turkey and the USA are two close allies sharing a common
vision in the international arena. The steps that we have
taken for the cooperation, will continue to contribute
significantly to the development of peace, security and
prosperity in Eurasia, Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus and
Europe as well as the development of the transatlantic
relations.

I am confident that during your tenure for a second term as
the Vice President, our relations with the US will develop on
bilateral, regional and international matters on the basis of
mutual benefit, as it did in the past.

Mr. Vice President, I would like to take this opportunity to
renew my best wishes for your personal health and happiness
and the continued success of the Administration.

Sincerely,

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
END TEXT.
EDELMAN

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