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Cablegate: Letter From Deputy Prime Minister Rafe Al-Eissawi

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SUBJECT: LETTER FROM DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER RAFE AL-EISSAWI
TO VICE PRESIDENT

1. On August 28 Embassy Baghdad received the following
letter from Deputy Prime Minister Rafe H. Al-Eissawi to Vice
President Joseph Biden. The original letter will be passed
to the Vice President's traveling party next week.

Begin text of message:

Republic of Iraq
Deputy Prime Minister Office
Rafe H. Al-Eissawi

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
Vice President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington, DC

Dear Vice President Biden,
I write this letter to offer my sincere and heartfelt
condolences for the loss of the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy,
United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Senator Kennedy played a central role over the years in the
service of his state and country; he will be missed dearly
not only by his friends and family but all of the people of
the United States.

I am sure that he is survived by his political colleagues who
will continue to carry his egalitarian voice and message.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I would much
appreciate conveying these feelings to President Obama.

Sincerely,

/s/

Rafe H. Al-Eissawi
Deputy Prime Minister
Republic of Iraq

End text of message
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