My selfie with Mala Mustafa Barzani

Ambassador Tariq Aqrawi remembers rushing to meet legendary Kurdish leader Mala Mustafa Barzani upon his return from exile in the Soviet Union. On 6 October, 1958, Tariq–then only a 15 year old–found Barzani at the Khayam Hotel in Baghdad, where he introduced himself and asked for a photo. Little did he know he would work with Barzani in the decades to come.

Storyteller: Ambassador Tariq Aqrawi
Date of Story: 6 October, 1958
Location of Story: Khayam Hotel, Baghdad, Iraq
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 21 July, 2016

Tariq Aqrawi with Mulla Mustafa Barzani at the Khayam Hotel in 1958