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E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: IZ, MARR, MOPS, OTRA, PREL SUBJECT: FRIENDS OF IRAQ CONFERENCE JUNE 17-19, 2008, UAE
1. This is an action request. See para 3.
2. SUMMARY. Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I), Government of Iraq (GOI), and U.S. Embassy Baghdad will co-host the Friends of Iraq Conference (previously known as the Iraq Conference) at the Armed Forces Officer Club (AFOC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 17-19, 2008. Posts are requested to solicit participation by military and/or civilian representatives from Coalition partners and prospective partners. This conference provides an opportunity to discuss how to collectively build on the gains achieved in Iraq and to discuss current and emerging needs and coalition opportunities. The conference also provides a forum to underscore that the U.S. drawdown of surge forces does not communicate a reduced need for Coalition support or a reduced USG commitment to Iraq. Key conference invited speakers include Multinational Force-Iraq Commanding General (CG MNF-I) General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker. END SUMMARY.
3. ACTION REQUEST. Embassies are requested to convey the following invitation in para 4 and conference details in para 5 as soon as possible. Hotel accommodations at the AFOC are reserved only for those annotated in para 6A, all others are requested to make reservations at the nearby Shangri-La Hotel (www.shangri-la.com). Participants from each country are expected to be well versed on Iraq issues. Some invited countries have no current involvement in the coalition, but CG MNF-I requests the conference be as inclusive as possible and approach all potential capability contributors. Please note that the name of the conference was changed from "Iraq Conference" to "Friends of Iraq Conference" after the invitation was delivered to many participants through military channels. Web sites and other material now reflect the new name.
3A. For USUN: Extend an invitation to the UN Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Ambassador Lynn Pascoe.
3B. For USNATO: Extend an invitation to the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Mr. Martin Howard.
3C. For USEU: Extend an invitation to the EU General Secretariat to the Council, Robert Cooper, and an appropriate senior commission official.
3D. For Embassy Suva: Please extend the invitation to the Kingdom of Tonga only.
MNF-I CONFERENCE INVITATION
4. INVITATION. The signed original of the following invitation has been delivered to USCENTCOM Senior National Representatives (SNR) in Tampa, FL dated April 24, 2008. Bahrain, Oman, Iceland, and Montenegro do not have SNRs; the department will convey signed originals to Washington embassies.
BEGIN TEXT OF INVITATION.
The Government of Iraq; Chief of Mission, United States Embassy-Baghdad; and Commanding General Multi-National Force - Iraq, are pleased to invite you to their Iraq Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 17 to 19 June 2008.
Over the course of the last six months, Iraqi and Coalition forces have realized marked improvements in security that present opportunities to accelerate and focus rebuilding efforts throughout Iraq. Iraq's leaders are capitalizing on this momentum by tackling national issues and promulgating legislation that is improving governmental processes and reinvigorating the economy. These efforts will also give other nations innumerable opportunities to sustain rebuilding efforts and continue to improve their long-term relationship with the Government and people of Iraq.
At the Iraq Conference, we will discuss how we can collectively build upon these gains and organize to accomplish the work that remains. Please come prepared to address what your country can contribute to this important endeavor.
Senior officials will attend from the United States Department of State, the Government of Iraq, and the United States Department of Defense. Therefore, we respectfully ask that at a minimum, the Vice or Deputy Chief of Defense, and a senior representative from the Foreign Ministry attend.
Please find important conference details enclosed. We look forward to seeing and spending time with your nation's representatives, and we are prepared to assist you in any way possible to make this a memorable and successful conference. If you require an interpreter or any other special accommodations please let us know so that we can make necessary arrangements.
Sincerely, Moffak al-Rubaie National Security Advisor Government of Iraq
Ryan C. Crocker Ambassador US Embassy - Baghdad
David H. Petraeus General, U.S. Army Commanding General Multi-National Force-Iraq
END TEXT OF INVITATION.
CONFERENCE DETAILS ATTACHMENT
5. To be delivered with the conference invitation.
BEGIN TEXT OF ENCLOSURE:
RSVP: Due to the short notice of this important event please RSVP by May 22, 2008. This can be done via the conference website, by having your USCENTCOM Senior National Representative (SNR) register you, or by contacting the U.S. Embassy in country. Conference Website: http://hqsweb03.centcom.smil.mil/ Conferences/MNFI conf/Views/confRegistration.aspx
ATTENDEES: Due to limited hotel and seating capacity, attendance for the conference is limited to the primary national representatives invited from each country. Exceptions will only be made for interpreters as the conference will be conducted in English only. All conference attendees must possess a SECRET security clearance from your nation.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation between the airport, hotels and conference center will be provided based on participants' registration on the conference website. Please ensure your arrival time and location is available to your CENTCOM SNR to properly prepare for your reception.
HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS: The Iraq Conference Staff is happy to announce that the Armed Officers Club and Hotel (AFOC) will be the venue for the conference and both social events. However, due to the limited availability, it is necessary to make arrangements for accommodations at either the AFOC or nearby Shangri-La Hotel; conference rooms are held under the title "MNF-I Iraq Conference".
Armed Forces Officers Club P.O. Box 6382 Abu Dhabi, UAE Tel: ( 971-2) 441-5900 Fax: ( 971-2) 441-5666 www.afoc.mil.ae
Shangri-La Hotel PO Box 128881, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Tel: ( 971-2) 509-8888 Fax: ( 971-2) 558-5999 email@example.com
UNIFORM / ATTIRE: Due to customs and courtesy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the uniform of the day for all conference and social activities will be civilian business-casual, coat and open collar. Historically average temperatures in Abu Dhabi during the month of June range from a 100F/38C degree high to a 77F/25C degree low.
AGENDA: Conference agenda and read-ahead material will be available two weeks prior to the conference on the website. Additionally, all briefings given at the conference will be posted to the website after the conference.
END TEXT OF ENCLOSURE.
HOTEL RESERVATION GUIDANCE
6. Due to hotel limitations, the AFOC is reserved primarily for Ministry of Defense attendees.
6A. FOR HOSTED NATIONS MINISTRY OF DEFENSE ATTENDEES
MNF-I has secured 80 single rooms at the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel for Ministry of Defense participants from eligible nations at no cost to the invitee; however, all additional incidental charges associated with the stay will be the responsibility of the attendee. Please complete website registration to ensure confirmation of attendance and room accommodations.
ELIGIBLE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
6B. FOR CIVILIAN ATTENDEES FROM ABOVE ELIGIBLE NATIONS, AND ALL OTHER CONFERENCE ATTENDEES, BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN
Due to limited availability in the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel, it will be necessary to make reservations at the nearby Shangri-La Hotel and Resort as soon as possible by kindly providing your USCENTCOM SNR with credit card information before May 22, 2008. The CENTCOM Coalition Coordination Center (CCC) can assist with reserving and confirming your rooms. Please complete website registration to ensure confirmation of attendance and room accommodations. If you choose to book your accommodations directly, ask for blocked rooms under the title "MNF-I Iraq Conference".
7. CONFERENCE POINT OF CONTACTS:
7A. CENTCOM POC Brian Kelley, CDR, USN U.S. Central Command Coalition Coordination Center Director's Action Team (813) 827-1097 / DSN 651-1097 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com unclass fax (813) 827-1122 / DSN 651-1122 class fax (813) 827-1094 / DSN 651-1094
7B. MNF-I POC Jeffrey Kwok, Maj, USAF MNF-I SPA Plans DSN 318-239-8761 Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org Jeffrey.email@example.com
7C. STATE DEPT POC Bill Jensen, CAPT, USN NEA/I-PM Military Advisor (202) 647-0560 JensenWJ@state.sgov.gov JensenWJ@state.gov