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Cablegate: November 5 Dipnote to the President-Elect Barack Obama

P 101101Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY PORT LOUIS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 4266
INFO WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

UNCLAS PORT LOUIS 000386


DEPT FOR S/ES-CR AND S/ES-O

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC PREL OVIP SE
SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 5 DIPNOTE TO THE PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA
FROM SEYCHELLES' PRESIDENT JAMES A.MICHEL

REF: STATE 118192


1. On November 5, Post received a faxed copy of Diplomatic Note
Number: 72/2008 from President James A. Michel addressed to
President-Elect Barack Obama, conveying a congratulatory message. As
soon as it is received, Post will deliver the official signed
document to the Department.

2. Following is the entire text of President James A. Michel's
letter in original English. Begin text:

EXCELLENCY,

AS THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IT
AFFORDS ME THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY TO CONVEY TO YOU, ON BEHALF OF
THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF SEYCHELLES, OUR WARMEST AND MOST
SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS.

AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CELEBRATE THE VICTORY OF ITS FIRST
AFRICAN-AMERICAN CANDIDATE TO BE ELECTED TO HOLD THE NATION'S
HIGHEST OFFICE, I AM CERTAIN THAT THIS IS BUT THE BEGINNING OF AN
ERA OF HISTORICAL ACHIEVEMENTS. I AM CERTAIN THAT THE DETERMINATION
AND STRENGTH YOU HAVE PORTRAYED DURING THIS HISTORIC CAMPAIGN WOULD
BE THE CONSTANT DRIVING FORCES IN THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF
THE POLICIES YOU ENDEAVOUR TO REALIZE FOR THE BENEFIT OF YOUR PEOPLE
AND THAT OF THE FREE WORLD.

OUR TWO PEOPLES ARE BOUND BY HISTORICAL TIES BY THE COMMON HERITAGE
HANDED DOWN THROUGH THE GENERATIONS BY OUR COMMON ANCESTORS. I LOOK
FORWARD TO THE CONTINUED EXCELLENT RELATIONS BETWEEN OUR TWO
COUNTRIES AND TO A FRUITFUL COLLABORATION WITH YOUR NEW
ADMINISTRATION.

PLEASE ACCEPT, YOUR EXCELLENCY, THE ASSURANCES OF MY HIGHEST
CONSIDERATION AND OUR BEST WISHES FOR YOUR CONTINUED GOOD HEALTH AND
FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


SIGNED
JAMES A. MICHEL
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES

End of text.

CABRERA

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