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Cablegate: Congratulatory Message to President-Elect

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DE RUEHLB #1636 3191422
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 141422Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3572

UNCLAS BEIRUT 001636

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR S/ES-CR AND S/ES-O
DEPT ALSO FOR NEA/ELA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC PREL OVIP LE
SUBJECT: CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT-ELECT

REF: STATE 118192

1. Following is the text of a letter received Friday,
November 14, 2008 from Nabih Berry, President of the Lebanese
National Assembly, to the President-elect.

2. Begin Text:

H.E. Mr. Barack Obama
President-elect of the United States of America

Excellency:

On behalf of the Lebanese National Assembly and on my own
behalf, I extend to you my warmest congratulations on the
occasion of your landslide victory in the US presidential
elections. It is indeed a victory that goes beyond the
borders of your country to the whole world which has
impatiently waited for the triumph of democracy in your
country over the unipolar concept.

We, in the Middle East in general, and in Lebanon in
particular, are waiting for a just and comprehensive peace
and for Lebanon to restore Shebaa Farms and Kfar Shuba Hill
and the Lebanese village of Al Ghajar, and are looking
forward to clearing the Lebanese territory of cluster bombs
and mines and to bringing an end to aggressions against its
sovereignty and violations to its airspace and regional
waters.

We hope that you bring justice, peace and stability, for
these are also elements of victory in the international
combat against terrorism.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest
consideration.

/s/ Nabih Berry
President of the Lebanese National Assembly

Beirut, November 6, 2008

End text.

3. The original of the letter is being sent to S/ES-CR under
registry number 9395900.

SISON

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