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Cablegate: Message for President Bush From Maldivian President

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UNCLAS COLOMBO 001960

SIPDIS

FOR SA/INS, S/ES-O, S/ES-CR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC PREL MV
SUBJECT: MESSAGE FOR PRESIDENT BUSH FROM MALDIVIAN PRESIDENT
GAYOOM

1. ON NOVEMBER 16, 2005, THE EMBASSY RECEIVED VIA FAX A
DIPLOMATIC NOTE WITH THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE, ADDRESSED TO
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FROM MALDIVIAN PRESIDENT MAUMOON
ABDUL GAYOOM.

BEGIN TEXT:

MALE
09 NOVEMBER 2005

HIS EXCELLENCY MR. GEORGE W. BUSH,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WASHINGTON, D.C.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT,

ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF THE REPUBLIC
OF MALDIVES AND ON THAT OF MY OWN, I WISH TO EXTEND TO YOU
AND TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA SINCERE GREETINGS AND GOOD WISHES ON THE OCCASION OF
THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC
RELATIONS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES. WE ARE INDEED HAPPY TO
MARK THIS IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN OUR WARM AND CORDIAL
BILATERAL RELATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION.

OVER THE PAST FORTY YEARS, THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN A
VALUABLE FRIEND WHO HAS MADE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ADVANCEMENT OF THE MALDIVES,
PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT. AS
WE IN THE MALDIVES LOOK AHEAD TO AN ERA OF MODERN DEMOCRACY
AND CONTINUED PROGRESS, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE THE UNITED
STATES AS A STAUNCH PARTNER AND INSPIRATION. OUR SHARED
VIEWS ON A WIDE RANGE OF INTERNATIONAL ISSUES STAND BOTH AS
A SYMBOL OF OUR COMMITMENT TO PEACE, FREEDOM AND PROGRESS AS
WELL AS A FORUM FOR CLOSE COLLABORATION.

WE WISH CONTINUED PEACE, PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY TO THE
PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND EVERLASTING FRIENDSHIP
BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

PLEASE ACCEPT, EXCELLENCY, THE ASSURANCES OF MY HIGHEST
CONSIDERATION.


MAUMOON ABDUL GAYOOM

END TEXT.

2. MESSAGE AND ACCOMPANYING DIPLOMATIC NOTE HAVE BEEN FAXED
TO SA/INS.
LUNSTEAD

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