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KNOXVILLE — Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2006, will be speaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on March 4.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. The event is sponsored by the Baker Center, the Department of Political Science and Susan and Janan Dakak of Knoxville, American citizens who emigrated from Iraq and are friends of the ambassador.

The event will be webcast live.

Prior to this appointment, Sumaida’ie was named Iraq’s permanent representative to the United Nations in July 2004. Ambassador Sumaida’ie previously served as the Minister of Interior in Baghdad, managed a domestic security force of more than 120,000 and worked toward reconstituting and reorganizing the Interior Ministry and its operations.

Ambassador Sumaida’ie also served as chairman of the media committee of the Governing Council in Iraq. In that role he helped found the Iraqi Telecoms and Media Commission and the Public Broadcasting Institution.

Lunch costs $15, payable by cash or check on the day of the event. Advanced reservations are required. Attendees must register by Feb. 28.

Parking is available for a fee in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center parking garage on Phillip Fulmer Way.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Gibson, Baker Center, (865-974-3816,