Sunday, December 03, 2006

Joint statement on 15th Participation in Asian Games

Friday, 01 December 2006.

Embassy of United States of America
Multi-National Force-Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq

Joint Statement by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. George Casey on Iraq’s Participation in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar

- On behalf of the United States Embassy in Iraq and Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) we send our best wishes for success to the men and women of the Iraqi teams participating in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Working together, these athletes have trained amidst extreme difficulty as Iraq works to develop a country that can sustain itself, govern itself and defend itself. The athletes’ commitment and dedication to their training shows Iraqis are proud and determined teammates who will work together regardless of sect, religion or ethnicity.

Iraq will compete against 44 Asian countries during the next 15 days. Just like the brave Iraqi citizens struggle to advance freedom against the tyranny of terrorism, the weeks ahead will require commitment to excellence and selfless service in order to triumph. The athletes’ dedication and willingness to represent their country is an inspiration to us all. We share the pride of the Iraqi people in the accomplishments of these athletes and look forward to celebrating their victories.

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