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Mubarak told US to allow dictator in Iraq: WikiLeaks

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak advised the US in 2008 to "forget" about democracy in Iraq.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak advised the United States in 2008 to “forget” about democracy in Iraq and allow a dictator to take over,according to a diplomatic cable released this week on WikiLeaks.

Mubarak made the comments during talks with visiting US congressmen to whom he also admitted that he was “terrified” by the possibility of a nuclear Iran,in the cable sent home from the US embassy.

The president noted to the US delegation he had advised Washington against the 2003 invasion of Iraq that deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

But now that they had troops in mainly Shiite Iraq,American troops should not withdraw because that would only serve to strengthen Shiite Iran next door.

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“You cannot leave” because “you would leave Iran in control,” the diplomatic dispatch,dated May 27,2008 according to the website,quoted him as saying.

“Mubarak explained his recipe for going forward,” the cable said.

“Strengthen the (Iraqi) armed forces,relax your hold,and then you will have a coup. Then we will have a dictator,but a fair one. Forget democracy,the Iraqis by their nature are too tough,” Mubarak said in the cable.

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He also said he would never accept a nuclear Iran and acknowledged: “We are all terrified.”

Mubarak said he told former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami to advise his hardline successor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to “provoke” Washington into striking Iran.

Egypt would begin its own nuclear programme if Iran’s succeeded,he was quoted as saying in the memo,which was marked confidential and addressed to then US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

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The congressmen also met Egypt’s intelligence chief Omar Suleiman,who “advocated making Iran suffer economically to be ‘too busy with its people’ to make problems in Iraq.”

Suleiman said a strike on Iran would not destroy its nuclear capabilities and would instead rally Iranians against the United States.

He cited economic pressure on Libya,which abandoned weapons of mass destruction programmes,as an example of how to deal with Iran.

In a cable on a meeting last July with Senator John Kerry,Mubarak said the United States should hold off on a withdrawal until it has strengthened Iraq’s army and security forces.

First published on: 30-11-2010 at 10:42:36 pm
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