183590 12/18/2008 6:28 08CANBERRA1292 Embassy Canberra CONFIDENTIAL 08STATE132140 P 180628Z DEC 08 FM AMEMBASSY CANBERRA TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0716 INFO AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST PRIORITY AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR PRIORITY AMEMBASSY TALLINN PRIORITY USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY C O N F I D E N T I A L CANBERRA 001292
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/RPM AND NEA/I
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/17/2018 TAGS: AS, EN, ES, IZ, MARR, MOPS, PGOV, PREL, UK, RO, NATO SUBJECT: AUSTRALIA AWAITING SOFA DEVELOPMENTS
REF: STATE 132140
Classified By: Acting Political Counselor W. Davies Sohier for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1. (C) Poloff delivered information from reftel to the director of the Iraq section at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Lloyd Broderick, on December 18. Broderick said Australia is awaiting developments. One issue that is repeatedly raised by the Australian negotiating team in Baghdad is the need for a definitive letter of invitation from the GOI. Australia has only a preliminary letter dated November 13, 2008. According to Broderick, the negotiating team has asked Dr. Fadel, an adviser to PM Maliki, for a formal letter.