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Cablegate: Iraqi National Security Advisor Letter to Nato

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O 121519Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO IMMEDIATE 1798
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4302
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
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UNCLAS BAGHDAD 003719

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: IZ MARR MOPS NATO PGOV PINS PNAT
SUBJECT: IRAQI NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR LETTER TO NATO
SECRETARY GENERAL REGARDING NATO TRAINING MISSION IN IRAQ

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1. (U) This is an action request, please see paragraph 2.

2. (SBU). The Office of the Iraqi National Security Advisor
requests the assistance of Embassy Baghdad and USNATO in
forwarding the letter in paragraph 3 to the NATO Secretary
General. Embassy Baghdad POLMIL has already provided a
facsimile copy of this letter to USNATO and will forward the
original signed document via pouch.

3. (SBU) The following is the text of a letter written by the
Iraqi National Security Advisor to the NATO Secretary General
regarding the NATO Training Mission in Iraq:

Begin Text:

Dear Mr. Secretary General:

On behalf of the Government and people of Iraq, I wish to
express my deep gratitude to the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization for its enormous and crucial assistance to our
efforts to establish a secure, prosperous, and democratic
Iraq. We especially wish to thank NATO for the work of the
NATO Training Mission - Iraq whose efforts have contributed
significantly to the growing self-reliance of our security
forces.

As our security improves, the burden of maintaining order
and assisting the general public falls increasingly on our
police. In this connection, we are thankful for the
Italian-led carabinieri-type training for our National Police
recently begun.

Although in recent months, with the assistance of the
Coalition and NATO, we have made significant visible strides
in improving security, much remains to be done. The NATO
Training Mission - Iraq's contribution is now even more
important than ever as we complete the organization,
equipping, and training of our forces and support
organizations to achieve self-reliance. We hope that NATO
will continue to provide this support for the remainder of
2007 and for 2008. We continue to work closely with the
commander, Lieutenant General James Dubik, to make the best
use of NATO capabilities to assist us to meet our most
important training requirements.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie
National Security Advisor
Republic of Iraq

End Text.
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