Mandela `was furious with Blair over Iraq invasion`

Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 17:53

London: Nelson Mandela got so
furious at Britain joining the 2003 invasion of Iraq that he
made a blistering phone call to then Welsh Secretary Peter
Hain, a new book has revealed.

The former South African President, considered to
be one of the world`s most revered statesmen, was particularly
angry at the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair, according
to the book, `Mandela: The Story of a Universal Hero`.

In his book, author Hain, also a veteran
anti-apartheid campaigner who knows Mandela well, said he was
"breathing fire down the line".

Hain recalled: "He said, `A big mistake, Peter,
a very big mistake. It is wrong. Why is Tony doing this after
all his support for Africa? This will cause huge damage
internationally`."

Hain added: "I had never heard Nelson Mandela so
angry."

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 17:53

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