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08NOUAKCHOTT746
2008-12-18 13:44:00
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Embassy Nouakchott
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CONGRATULATORY LETTER ON BEHALF OF PRIME MINISTER

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FM AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT
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UNCLAS NOUAKCHOTT 000746 

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL OPDC MR
SUBJECT: CONGRATULATORY LETTER ON BEHALF OF PRIME MINISTER
WAGHEF TO SECRETARY-DESIGNATE CLINTON

UNCLAS NOUAKCHOTT 000746

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL OPDC MR
SUBJECT: CONGRATULATORY LETTER ON BEHALF OF PRIME MINISTER
WAGHEF TO SECRETARY-DESIGNATE CLINTON


1. (SBU) Mission received December 18 a letter signed by
President Abdallahi's Minister of Education on behalf of
Prime Minister Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghef who is being held
in prison by the post-August 6 coup authorities. An informal
translation of the letter (being forwarded in the original
French to AF/W) follows.


2. (SBU) Begin Text:

On the occasion of your nomination as the head of the
Department of State in the administration of President-elect
Barack Obama, I have the honor to offer my hearty
congratulations and wishes for success in your mission for
the well-being of our friends the American people.

As you know, my country is passing through a grave political
crisis born in the coup d'etat of August 6, 2008, that has
put at risk our democratic gains and exposed Mauritania and
the sub-region to an era of instability and insecurity.

This same menace calls for a rapid and effective reaction by
the international community to save democracy and
re-establish the constitutional order that came from the free
and transparent elections to which your country gave such
valuable assistance.

I am convinced that your personal and intellectual qualities
and your rich experience will be great assets in favor of the
support for promotion of peace, security and liberty
throughout the world from which the Mauritanian people will
draw great benefit.

Please accept, Madame Secretary, the expressions of my
highest consideration.

Signed:

For the detained Prime Minister
Minister of National Education
Mohamed Ould Amar

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