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O 191800Z DEC 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY TUNIS IMMEDIATE 1568
UNCLAS STATE 132997
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL TS
SUBJECT: FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM A/S DAVID WELCH TO TUNISIAN
FM ABDELWAHAB ABDALLAH
1. Please deliver the following message from NEA Assistant
Secretary David Welch to Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abdelwahab Abdallah at an appropriate time. The State
Department does not plan to release the text of the message
but has no objection if the Government of Tunisia wishes to
do so. There will be no signed original.
2. Begin text:
Dear Mr. Minister:
After a long and rewarding career with the Foreign Service, I
will retire from the U.S. government on December 19. It has
been a pleasure to work with you to advance our mutual
I have greatly appreciated your engagement on regional
issues, including Tunisia,s support for a two-state solution
to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tunisia,s active
participation in the international community, support for
educational initiatives and women,s rights, and dedication
to counterterrorism are noteworthy.
It is my sincere hope that you, your family, and the people
of Tunisia experience health, happiness, and prosperity, now
and in the years ahead.
Count on me as a friend always.