Transcript of interview: Sir Donald Maitland, 1997
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During and after the war, Maitland served in India, the Middle East, and Burma, 1941-47, with the Royal Scots and Rajputana Rifles. He joined the Foreign Service in 1947, and his diplomatic career consisted of: Consul, Amara, 1950; British Embassy, Baghdad [Iraq], 1950-53; Private Secretary to Minister of State, Foreign Office, 1954-56; Director, Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, Lebanon, 1956-60; Foreign Office, 1960-63; Counsellor, British Embassy, Cairo [Egypt], 1963-65; Head of News Department, Foreign Office, 1965-67; Principal Private Secretary to Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, 1967-69; Ambassador to Libya, 1969-70; Chief Press Secretary, 10 Downing Street, 1970-73; UK Permanent Representative to United Nations, 1973-74; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1974-75; UK Member, Commonwealth Group on Trade, Aid and Development, 1975; Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to EEC, 1975-79; Deputy to Permanent Under-Secretary of State, FCO, December 1979-June 1980; Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy, 1980-82.
He was awarded the GCMG in 1977 (CMG 1967); was knighted in 1973; was awarded the OBE in 1960. Sir Donald Maitland died on 22 August 2010.
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