Hoshyar Zebari

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Hoshyar Zebari
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Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Assumed office
8 September 2014
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
Preceded by Ibrahim al-Jaafari
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
13 July 2003 – 11 July 2014
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi
Ibrahim al Jaafari
Nouri al-Maliki
Preceded by Naji Sabri
Succeeded by Hussain al-Shahristani
Personal details
Born 1953
Aqrah, Iraq
Nationality Iraqi
Political party Kurdistan Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Essex
Religion Sunni Islam

Hoshyar Zebari (also spelled Hoshyar Zubari/Zibari, Kurdish: Hişyar Zêbarî; born 1953) is the Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, who served the post from 2003 until 2014. A Kurd originally from Aqrah, a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, Zebari holds a masters degree in sociology from the University of Essex, England and studied political science in Jordan. He was the foreign spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the 1990s and represented the party to both the United Kingdom and the United States.

He was appointed Foreign Minister of Iraq in 2003 by the Iraqi Governing Council and held the post for the Iraqi Interim Government, Iraqi Transitional Government and the first permanent government.

In July 2012, \Zebari said that al-Qaeda in Iraq members went to Syria, where the militants previously received support and weapons.[1]

On 11 July 2014, Zaberi was replaced as foreign minister by Hussain al-Shahristani, Iraq's deputy prime minister, who assumed the position in an acting capacity, after Kurdish politicians withdrew from the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.[2]


  1. ^ Karam, Zeina (07/6/2012). "Iraq: Al-Qaeda migrates to Syria". Associated Press.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help);
  2. ^ "Tensions mount between Baghdad and Kurdish region as Kurds seize oil fields". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Naji Sabri
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Hussain al-Shahristani
Preceded by
Hussain al-Shahristani
Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Succeeded by