Samir Sumaidaie

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Samir Sumaidaie
سمير الصميدعي
Ambassador Sumaidaie meeting US President George W. Bush.
Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
In office
April 2006 – 19 December 2011
Succeeded byT. Hamid al Bayati
Iraq's Permanent Representative to the United Nations
In office
August 2004 – April 2006
Member of the Governing Council
In office
July 2003 – 28 June 2004
Preceded byCouncil created
Succeeded byCouncil dissolved
Personal details
Born1944 (age 78–79)
Baghdad, Iraq
Alma materDurham University
ProfessionDiplomat, Politician

Samir Shakir Mahmoud Sumayda'ie (Samir Sumaidaie) is an Iraqi politician and was the Iraqi ambassador to the United States. He was born in Baghdad in 1944[1] and left Iraq in 1960 to study in the United Kingdom where he obtained a degree in electrical engineering from Durham University in 1965[2] and a postgraduate diploma in 1966. He returned to Iraq in 1966 but left again for the UK in 1973 after Saddam Hussein seized power. He returned to Baghdad and was appointed member of the Iraq Governing Council in July 2003. He was appointed as Iraq's Ambassador to the United States in April 2006,[3] after previously serving as the Iraq's Permanent Representative[4] to the United Nations (from August 2004), and prior to that, as Baghdad's Interior Minister. He is secular and rejects any sectarian label.

During his years of exile, based in London, and traveling in the Mid- and Far- East, He was a leading figure in the opposition to Saddam's regime and helped form a number of political groups.

In July 2005 Sumaidaie demanded an inquiry into the fatal shooting (which he has described as "cold-blooded") of his cousin during a routine house to house search by US Marines in Iraq.

In November 2007 he visited The Fletcher School at Tufts University where he gave a speech on the history and current situation in Iraq.

In March 2010 he visited the renowned Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University[5]


  1. ^ "Family Tree - The Cobbold Family History Trust". Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. ^ "Iraqi Ambassador talks to Durham students".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Rice Welcomes Iraq's First Ambassador to U.S. in 15 Years". Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  4. ^ "H.E. AMBASSADOR HAMID AL BAYATI". Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Elliott School Events Calendar". 24 October 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by Iraqi Minister of Interior
April 2004–June 2004
Succeeded by