In his message, President George Bush on behalf of the US Government expressed deep gratitude to the Government and people of Kazakhstan for the provision of forces to the Multi National Force – Iraq coalition, primarily at Forward Operating Base Delta, from August 2003 to October 2008.
The telegram reads, in particular:
“Your steadfast support for the establishment and strengthening of democratic government in Iraq, during difficult times, is a testament to the Kazakhstani spirit. Kazakhstan has made a brave contribution to the successful operation to reduce violence and bring stability to the people of Iraq. The United States looks forward to serving alongside Kazakhstani contingents in future operations in defense of freedom and peace.”