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A Lobbyist’s African Clients

To the Editor:

Re “Key Lobbyist’s Client List Puts Him on the Defensive” (news article, Dec. 31):

Your article about me did not include important facts:

My mission for Ivory Coast was limited to finding a peaceful solution — as I said publicly at the outset, not to state who had won or who had lost the election, or who was right or who was wrong. The State Department representative with whom I worked thanked me for that effort.

My representation of Equatorial Guinea resulted in a public speech by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at a June 2010 global forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The speech committed to a broad program of political, legal and economic reforms. A month later, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a letter and offered to assist President Obiang in carrying out his reform program.

Lanny J. Davis
Washington, Dec. 31, 2010

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