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Cablegate: Message of Congratulations for the President Elect From

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SUBJECT: MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE PRESIDENT ELECT FROM
MINNI MINNAWI

1. (U) Post has received a letter of congratulations (text in para.
2) for President-elect Obama from Minni Minnawi, Chairman of the
Sudan Liberation Movement and Senior Assistant to the President of
the Republic of Sudan. A copy of the original letter is being
transmitted to the Department via pouch.

2. (U) Begin Text:

To: Senator Barack Obama
President-Elect of the United States of America
Washington DC, USA

Dear Sir,

Letter of Congratulation

On my personnel behalf and on behalf of the leadership and the
membership of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army, and on behalf of
the suffering people of Darfur and the entire people of the Sudan, I
am honored to seize this opportunity to express my sincere and
heartfelt congratulation to you for your historic victory for being
elected as President of the United States of America.

I also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire
people of the United States of America for demonstrating this
levelheaded, civility, sense of responsibility and maturity
throughout the election process. Indeed, the people of the United
States of America have once again and in no uncertain terms
demonstrated to the world that America deserves to be respected.

Mr. President elect, my organization the SLM/A championing and
defending the people of Darfur, who, atrocities against them
declared by the US Government and Congress as genocide, is not only
proud of you and of the people of the United States of America, but
its also confident and hopeful that your administration would
immediately embark to engage itself effectively in expediting the
resolution of their tragedy and restoration of peace, security and
stability in the larger Sudan.

We look forward for further cooperation and understanding.
Forward ever, backward never. Struggle continue

Yours Sincerely,

Minni Minawi
Chairman, Sudan Liberation Movement/Army
Senior Assistant to President of the Republic
Chairman, Transitional Darfur Regional Authority
El Fashir, Darfur
November 5, 2008


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