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WikiLeaks: 2008-05-13: 08PARTO51302: Secretary Rice's April 22, 2008 Participation in the third Expanded Iraq Neighbors Conference

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SUBJECT: (U) SECRETARY RICE'S APRIL 22, 2008 
PARTICIPATION IN THE THIRD EXPANDED IRAQ NEIGHBORS 
CONFERENCE 
 
1. (U) Classified by: Kevin Whitaker, Deputy 
Executive Secretary, S/ES, Department of State. 
Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
2. (U) April 22, 2008, Kuwait City, Kuwait 
 
3. (U) Participants: 
 
U.S. 
The Secretary 
A/S C. David Welch, NEA 
Ambassador David Satterfield, NEA/I 
Ambassador Ryan Crocker, U.S. Embassy Baghdad 
LTG William Fraser, JCS 
Matthias Mittman, NSC 
Matt Tueller, U.S. Embassy Baghdad 
Thomas Rosenberger (Embassy Notetaker) 
 
Non-USG Meeting Participants: 
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al 
Sabah 
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki 
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari 
UN Under-Secretary General Lynn Pascoe 
Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs 
Deepak Obhrai 
Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs 
Ambassador Mohammed Bader Al-Deen 
Jordanian Foreign Minister Dr. Salah Al-Bashir 
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki 
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moalem 
Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ugo Inteni 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov 
Slovenian(EU Presidency) Foreign Minister Dr. Dimitrij 
Rupel 
OIC Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu 
 
4. (C) SUMMARY. The Third Iraq Neighbors 
Ministerial, held in Kuwait on April 22, offered Iraqi 
PM Nouri Al-Maliki an opportunity to present to Iraq's 
neighbors and members of international bodies a 
picture of the progress in the country. He received a 
warm welcome and a show of support from the 
participants. There was a general consensus that 
notable progress had occurred in Iraq, but that the 
current situation remained fragile. Iran and Syria 
laid blame for ongoing problems on the presence of 
"foreign troops." The EU led calls for the exchange 
of diplomatic representations, and the OIC announced 
the establishment of a permanent office in Baghdad. 
END SUMMARY. 
 
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Progress in Iraq 
---------------- 
 
5. (C) Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki told the participants 
 
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that Iraqis have moved beyond their violent past and 
are now unified. He presented an image of a new Iraq 
that wants to be at peace with its neighbors, in 
contrast to the war-mongering of the former regime, 
and lamented that Iraqis are still paying the price 
for the errors of the previous leadership. He chided 
the attendees for a lack of progress on commitments 
made at previous conferences, notably on debt 
forgiveness, and extolled other countries with "no 
mutual historical or cultural ties" who forgave Iraqi 
debt. He also called for an exchange of diplomatic 
representation. 
 
6. (C) Kuwait MFA U/S Khaled Al-Jarallah described 
the conference as positive and transparent, saying it 
had succeeded in laying the groundwork for further 
progress. Most of the heads of delegations who spoke 
commented favorably on the achievements in Iraq. 
Several added the caveat that the gains were fragile 
and that the future remained uncertain. Typically, 
Arab heads of delegations conceded progress in Iraq 
but failed to recognize that real change had occurred, 
a point noted by the Secretary in her remarks. 
 
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Outside Interference? 
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7. (C) The negative role of outside interference was 
another theme of the conference, including citations 
by some of the negative impact that armed militants 
had in Iraq. Iran and, to a lesser extent, Syria 
dismissed the GOI's continuing request for Coalition 
presence in Iraq and blamed Iraqi woes on "foreign 
forces" in Iraq. Iranian FM Manoucher Mottaki opined 
that these forces "contribute to the continuation of 
security mayhem, stirring disputes and conflicts, and 
further complicate the political and security crises 
in Iraq." He also said that he opposed (as 
translated) "the unilateral policies of the Coalition 
powers" and their "conspiracies" against the people of 
the region. Syrian FM Walid Al-Moalem also called for 
foreign troops to leave Iraq and indicated that he 
held the USG "morally and legally responsible for the 
difficult human conditions of the displaced Iraqis." 
 
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OIC Office in Baghdad 
--------------------- 
 
8. (C) Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) 
Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu announced that 
the OIC office in Baghdad had officially opened three 
days prior to the ministerial. He said he hoped that, 
building on the 2006 Mecca Declaration Initiative, 
this permanent presence would enable the OIC to play a 
key role in reconciliation efforts between Sunni and 
 
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Shi'a sects. He also announced OIC's plans to send a 
joint delegation composed of representatives of all 
OIC affiliates to Baghdad. 
 
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Canada Speaks Out for Christian Minorities 
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9. (C) Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Deepak Obhrai called for 
increased efforts to recognize and respect minorities 
in Iraq, lamenting the murder of Chaldean Archbishop 
Paulos Farraj Rahho and the shooting of Assyrian 
Orthodox Priest Adel Youssef. 
 
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EU Calls for Diplomatic Representation 
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10. (C) Although there was little specific action on 
new diplomatic representation in Iraq, Slovenian FM 
Dimitrij Rupel (representing the EU Presidency) 
encouraged "those neighbors and other members of the 
international community who have not already done so 
to take advantage of the improved security situation 
and commit to sending ambassadors to Baghdad and 
opening diplomatic missions to facilitate direct 
bilateral diplomatic relations." 
 
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Japan's New Loan 
---------------- 
 
11. (C) Japan's Senior Vice Minister for Foreign 
Affairs Itsunori Onodera announced that Japan will 
extend a new loan of 350 million USD for water supply 
projects in the Kurdish region of Iraq and a sewage 
facilities project in Baghdad. These were in addition 
to the existing loans that amounted to 2.1 billion 
USD. In announcing this, he stated that "Japan is 
determined to continue its assistance to Iraq." His 
voice was prominent among those that called for an 
exchange of diplomatic representation and lauded PM 
Maliki's efforts in Basrah. 
 
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Russia: "We've done the most for Iraq" 
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12. (C) Russian FM Sergey Lavrov urged caution in 
terms of a withdrawal of foreign troops, which he 
stressed "are considered by many Iraqis as occupants 
[sic]." He also stated that "of all the nations which 
have already restructured Iraqi debt, Russia has done 
more for the Iraqi people than any other country in 
terms of the value and percentage of debt relief." 
RICE

 



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