IGC appoints US ambassador

26 November 2003
The US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) on 23 November appointed Rand Al-Raheem as Iraq's ambassador to the US. Al-Raheem told Kuwait's KUNA news agency that she had been notified about the decision, but that it had not been finalised as the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, was abroad. 'I want to build the embassy to be the face of Iraqi diplomacy...and the new democratic and civilised Iraq,' Al-Raheem told reporters in Baghdad.

Al-Raheem was born in 1947 in Baghdad of a Najaf family. Her father is Mahdi Al-Raheem who was Head of the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce in the sixties. After education in Iraq, the UK and France, she headed the Iraqi Institute in Washington before returning to Iraq after its occupation. The US-led authorities in Baghdad appointed Al-Raheem as director of schools rehabilitation projects. Al-Raheem is married to an American citizen.

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