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MEMORIES OF A SECULAR IRAQI AND ARAB STATESMAN
By Adnan Pachachi
Published by Arabian Publishing
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Often described as Iraq's elder statesman, Dr Adnan Pachachi has enjoyed one of the longest and most distinguished political careers of modern times, both domestically and on the world stage. In a life spanning nine decades, he has served his country as Ambassador to the United Nations and as Foreign Minister, and has worked tirelessly to establish a secular and anti-sectarian political culture in Iraq. At the UN, where he was an eloquent advocate of the Palestinian cause, he was much admired for his mastery of procedure and his formidable debating skills.
In 1969, a few months after the Ba'athist government took power in Baghdad, he resigned from the Iraqi foreign service while at the United Nations in New York. He would not see his country again for 34 years. At the invitation of Sheikh Zayed, he took up residence in Abu Dhabi where...