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Cablegate: Extension of Incirlik Hub Agreements

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TO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD IMMEDIATE 0017
INFO RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 1115
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL PRIORITY 3491

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SUBJECT: EXTENSION OF INCIRLIK HUB AGREEMENTS

1. (SBU) Background: Last year the Government of Turkey (GOT)
extended the Incirlik Hub and Related Agreements (Tanker
Basing, Retrograde, and FAA Aircraft) as the USG has
requested annually in the past. End Background.

2. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST EMBASSY BAGHDAD: Embassy Baghdad is
requested to engage the GOI and urge it to expedite delivery
to the GOT of the dipnote (text provided below), supporting
Turkish extension of the Incirlik Hub Agreements.

3. BEGIN TEXT: The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq presents
its compliments to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the
Republic of Turkey and with reference to the permission given
to the U.S. Government for the use of the Turkish Air Bases
and Sea Ports until the present in support of stabilization
and reconstruction efforts in Iraq, has the honour to
reaffirm that reinforcing security and stability in Iraq are
among the highest priorities of the Iraqi Government to
realize the desired peace and prosperity for the Iraqi
people. Continued support of the international community to
the efforts of the Iraqi Government in reforming all the
institutions and rebuilding the country for the well-being of
the Iraqi people is essential.

4. In this context, the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq would
like to underline the importance of the reconstruction and
stabilization efforts carried out by the U.S. Government in
Iraq and appreciates the support given so far by the
Government of Turkey for these efforts. As the stabilization
and reconstruction efforts in Iraq continue, the Government
of the Republic of Iraq kindly requests the extension of the
original authorization of 2003/5755 for one year until 31
December 2010 to allow the U.S. Government to continue its
efforts regarding reconstruction and stabilization in Iraq
and facilitate the removal of equipment from Iraq.

5. The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq avails itself of this
opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
the Republic of Turkey the assurances of its highest
consideration. END TEXT.
CLINTON

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