Omar Abu Risha
عمر أبو ريشة
|4th Ambassador of Syria to the United States|
|Preceded by||Farid Zayn Al-Din|
|Succeeded by||Sabah Qabbani|
|Born||April 10, 1910
|Died||July 15, 1990 (aged 80)|
Abu-Riche was born into a wealthy literary family in Manbij, near Aleppo. He received his educational upbringing in Syria and continued his tertiary studies at the University of Damascus. He also studied at the American University in Beirut in 1931, and later read chemistry at the University of Manchester, UK but returned to Syria in 1932. While initially a fan of Abbasid poetry he later began looking for more independent voices in poetry and considered Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis to be the greatest love poem ever written. His favorite poets were Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe.
He wrote the poem, "Khatam-ul-Hub"(The end of Love) and produced literary works and attending to his duties as Librarian of Aleppo, Syria. In 1949, the Syrian government appointed him ambassador to Brazil. As a diplomat until 1964, he was ambassador to Argentina, Chile, India, Austria and finally the United States.
- Hafez, Sabry. (19 July 1990). "Obituary: Omar Abu-Riche". The Independent (London), p. 31.
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