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STATE FOR EAP/FO AND EAP/CM
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/29/2016
SUBJECT: CABINET AGREES TO SEND 100-MAN 7TH ROTATION TO
IRAQ, LIMITED 8TH ROTATION
REF: ULAANBAATAR 723
Classified By: E/P Chief Patrick J. Freeman
1. (C) During the Ambassador's September 29 initial call on
Foreign Minister Enkhbold, Enkhbold confirmed that the
National Security Council (President, Speaker and Prime
Minister) had decided on September 26 to recommend that the
Cabinet reconsider its decision to send only a limited number
of troops in Mongolia's 7th rotation to Iraq, and to take
into account the requests of the United States and Poland
(reftel). The next day, Enkhbold said, the Cabinet had
discussed the issue at its regular meeting, and had decided
to send a 7th rotation with the 100 troops, the same number
as previously, and to send the rotation to Camp Echo.
2. (C) In addition, the Foreign Minister said, the Cabinet
had decided to withdraw the troops if Camp Echo is
transferred from the Multinational Force to Iraqi military
control; if this happened, the rotation would not stay the
normal six months. Despite such a withdrawal, the FM
continued, the Cabinet had decided to still continue to be
involved in the fight against terrorism. This would be done
through the commitment of a lesser number of troops or a
small number of officers in a future rotation.
3. (C) The Ambassador responded that Mongolia's decision to
send a full 7th rotation would be very much appreciated in
Washington. Many people appreciated the role that Mongolia's
forces play in Iraq. The Ambassador commented that
Mongolia's courageous decision to send troops to Iraq are one
key reason for the warm feelings in Washington and the U.S.
military toward Mongolia. Mongolia has a sovereign right to
adjust its troops deployments, the Ambassador continued, but
the important point is that we should consult closely.
Mongolia's very early expression of its thinking on future
deployments would be helpful to us.
4. (U) A Mongolian news report on September 29 stated that,
after much discussion, the Cabinet had decided to send a 7th
rotation to Iraq equal in size to previous deployments. The
report continued by stating that a departure ceremony for the
7th rotation would be held on September 29, and that the
troops are expected to deploy to Iraq the week of October 2.
(NOTE: DAO confirms that U.S. airlift has been arranged for
an October 2 troop departure.)
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