HCA NEWS Iraqi HCA ambassador appointed in Bagdad

Former Iraqi Minister of Cultural Affairs appointed Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador in Baghdad

By on - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 21 March 2005

Former Iraqi Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mr Mufid Mohammad Jawad al-Jazairi, is to be appointed Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador on 22 March 2005 by the Danish Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Torben Gettermann, who assumed office in Baghdad in July 2004 as the first official Danish representative in Iraq. The appointment will take place at 10 am CET at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture in Baghdad.

Mr Mufid al-Jazairi was born in 1939. He trained as a journalist in Prague and worked for the Czech radio in the 1960s and 1970s. He returned to Iraq in the 1980s. Mr Mufid al-Jazairi visited Denmark in February 2004 where he met Danish Minister of Cultural Affairs Mr Brian Mikkelsen. The occasion was a conference on the protection and preserving of Iraqi cultural heritage.

Ambassador Torben Gettermann states: "In these times it is important to focus on Iraq in ways that other than what we see through the media. Denmark has offered its support in protecting and preserving Iraq's cultural heritage and the unique archaeological vestiges of the cradle of civilisation in the delta of Euphrates and Tigris. The appointment of former Minister of Culture Mr Mufid al-Jazairi is a welcome opportunity to forge even closer ties between Denmark and Iraq."
As Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador, Mr. Mufid al-Jazairi is to promote wider awareness of the Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary in Iraq. He is also to represent the humanitarian message of the Andersen year - the struggle against illiteracy among children and the young in the developing world.