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Profile: Tariq Aziz

 
  

Positions that Tariq Aziz has held:

  • Iraqi foreign minister


 

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Tariq Aziz actively participated in the following events:

 
  

December 20, 1983      US-Iraq 1980s

       US Special Envoy Donald Rumsfeld—who at this time is CEO of the pharmaceutical company, GD Searle and Co.—personally meets with Saddam Hussein for 90 minutes in an attempt to reestablish diplomatic relations with Iraq. Rumsfeld also discusses US interest in the construction of the Iraq-Jordan Aqaba oil pipeline [to be built by Bechtel (see December 2, 1983)]. [New York Times, 4/14/03; Baltimore Sun 9/26/2001; Institute for Policy Studies, 3/24/03; The Times, 12/31/02; NBC News, 8/18/02; Washington Post,12/30/02; Newsweek, 9/23/2002 Sources: State Department memo summarizing Donald Rumsfeld's December 20 with Saddam Hussein, December 21, 1983, State Department memo concerning Rumsfeld's planned visit to Baghdad, December 10, 1983, Videotape of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein] Rumsfeld does not raise the issue of Iraq's use of chemical weapons with Saddam. [Sources: State Department memo summarizing Donald Rumsfeld's December 20 with Saddam Hussein, December 21, 1983] After his meeting with the Iraqi president, Rumsfeld meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz. They agree that “the US and Iraq ... [share] many common interests.” Rumsfeld briefly mentions US concerns about Iraq's chemical weapons, explaining that US “efforts to assist [Iraq] ... [are] inhibited by certain things that made it difficult for us.....” [Sources: State Department memo summarizing Donald Rumsfeld's December 20 with Saddam Hussein, December 21, 1983] On September 19, 2002, almost two decades later, Rumsfeld will be questioned in Congress about this visit (see September 19, 2002). [US Congressional Record: September 20, 2002 (Senate) Page S8987-S8998]
People and organizations involved: Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein, Donald Rumsfeld
          

(March 26, 1984)      US-Iraq 1980s

       Donald Rumsfeld travels to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz. While in Iraq, Rumsfeld discusses the proposed Iraq-Jordan Aqaba pipeline [to be built by Bechtel (see December 2, 1983)], relays an Israeli offer to help Iraq in its war against Iran, and expresses the Reagan administration's hope that Iraq will obtain Export-Import Bank credits. [Common Dreams, 8/2/2002; American Gulf War Veterans Association 9/10/2001; Institute for Policy Studies, 3/24/03 Sources: Teicher Affidavit]
People and organizations involved: Tariq Aziz, Donald Rumsfeld
          

October 1986      US-Iraq 1980s

       CIA Director William J. Casey meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and Iraq's ambassador to the United States, Nizar Hamdoon, to make sure the new Washington-Baghdad intelligence link (see August 1986) is helping the Iraqis and to encourage more attacks on Iranian economic targets. [Washington Post,12/15/1986 Sources: Unnamed sources with first hand knowledge]
People and organizations involved: Kizam Hamdoon, Tariq Aziz, William Casey
          

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