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Cablegate: Letter From Chad Foreign Minister to the Secretary

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FM AMEMBASSY NDJAMENA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 4654

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SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CD PGOV PREF PREL SU
SUBJECT: LETTER FROM CHAD FOREIGN MINISTER TO THE SECRETARY


1. (U) The Embassy received a letter dated December 5, 2006
from the Minister of Foreign Affairs for transmission to the
Secretary of State. Unofficial translation follows:

SIPDIS

2. (SBU) Madam Minister,

I write to you after returning home to Tchad following a
fruitful and friendly exchange during the meeting which you
had the kindness to accord me in your office November 28 at
17:30 as well as the in-depth discussion which I had with
your Assistant Frazer in the company of a number of staff
members.

I would like first of all to thank you and thank your staff
as well as the United States Government for the hospitality
and warm reception which was accorded to me. I would be
remiss if I failed to thank - through you - the medical
team of the George Washington Hospital which diagnosed a
serious inflammation of my gall bladder and which perfomed
the operation professionally and effectively

I would like as well to underline that our meeing ame at
good time in view of the redynamism f the friendly relations
and mutually advantageou cooperation between our two
countries. It is a ood time as well for us to congratulae
ourselves on our cooperation in the petroleum sector and the
universal struggle against terrorism.

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In addition, I would like to assure you that President Idriss
Deby Itno salutes your personal receptivity, and that of your
country, to support Chad as it reinforces democracy by
striving for a political dialogue between political actors
which have renounced violence and to assist Chad in its
resistance to the efforts by the Khartoum regime to
destabilize it and the region, as well as to export the
Darfur conflict. For these reasons, my President has
recently reaffirmed his openness to strengthening a political
dialogue and to announce our acceptance of a security and
humanitarian presence in the east of Chad under the auspices
of the United Nations to protect the refugees and displaced,
as well as the frontiers between Chad and the Sudan on the
one hand, and Chad, the Central African Republic and Sudan on
the other hand. Your Ambassador was informed of this by the
President of the Republic even before it was announced to the
press.

My President salutes and supports the leadership of his
counterpart, President Bush, to halt the genocide in Darfur
and to bring UN forces there. Chad, as a member of the
international community, will fully play its role with your
country and the rest of the world to put an end to this
humanitarian crisis, protect its population, and secure its
territory.

As I write this letter, my country faces new invasions by
mercenary groups supported by Sudan and other terrorist
forces. The aim is to put an end to our democratic process
which is in the process of consolidation by upending
legitimate institutions and replacing them with a regime
loyal to Khartoum.

In the difficult moments which my country faces, I know that
in the future it can count on your personal support, that of
President Bush and of his Administration to help it confront
the war which is imposed on it by Sudan.

Please accept, Madam Minister, the assurances of my very
highest consideration.

Sincerely and cordially

(signed)
Ahmad Allam-Mi,

WALL

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