Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 30 JUL 2016 08:19 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: SUN, 12 FEB 2012 15:04
Philippines Charge d’Affaires discusses establishing ties with Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The newly appointed Philippines Charge d’Affaires to Iraq, Mr Marlowe A. Miranda, Saturday met with Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, to discuss the reopening of their embassy in Baghdad and a potential presence in Erbil.

In his first visit to the Kurdistan Region, Chargé Miranda, who heads the Philippines’ new embassy, said he was very pleased to see the progress the Region is making. “We are looking forward to establishing a very productive relationship with the Kurdistan Regional Government, and we are interested in establishing a presence in Kurdistan,” he said.

The Chargé’s visit was following up on a visit to the Region by the Philippines’ Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs in September 2011, and he went on to say that the Republic of the Philippines plans to soon appoint an honorary consul in Erbil, which they anticipate will eventually be upgraded to a consulate general.

Minister Mustafa commended the Philippines’ decision to reengage in Iraq and said, “We welcome your decision to reestablish your presence in Baghdad – it shows strength, goodwill and determination.” Minister Mustafa also welcomed the possibility of opening an honorary consulate in Erbil and said the KRG will be ready to assist in this endeavour.

The embassy was reopened on November 15th 2011, and the Philippines government plans to appoint an ambassador in the near future. The government of the Philippines has also highlighted the security and stability of the Kurdistan Region in its recent travel reports.

The two sides also stressed the importance of establishing a legal mechanism to manage and regulate visitors from the Philippines, and discussed the peaceful and active Filipino community in Kurdistan. Mr. Miranda said, ‘Our community is sincerely enjoying their time in Kurdistan, and I assure you we have not had any complaints about their treatment.’ He added that those present in the region feel a deep bond with the Kurdish people.

Mr. Miranda was accompanied to the meeting by Ms. Lagrimas Ligeralbe, a representative of the Filipino community in Kurdistan.

Kurdistan Region and United States sign MoU on military coordination
TUE, 12 JUL 2016 22:47

President Masoud Barzani received a United States military delegation headed by Ms. Elissa Slotkin, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. This meeting was followed by a telephone conversation between President Barzani and Mr. Ashton Carter, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Foreign Minister Falaha Mustafa Bakir speaks at high-ranking Crans Montana Forum in Vienna
THU, 30 JUN 2016 22:20

Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, participated in the 27th Annual Session of the Crans Montana Forum in Vienna, Austria. During the opening session, the Minister held a speech in which he addressed common challenges of Europe and the Kurdistan Region, as well as numerous realms with potential for enhanced cooperation. 

French Consul General gives seminar to DFR staff
SUN, 26 JUN 2016 15:33

As part of the DFR’s activities to arrange a series of seminars to be presented by the Head of the diplomatic missions in the Kurdistan Region, today Mr. Alain Guépratte, Consul General of the French Republic, presented a seminar on the pillars of his country’s foreign policy. 


UNAMI Human Rights Office in Erbil organizes training course for DFR staff

THU, 28 JUL 2016 22:20

From 27 to 28 of July 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in the Kurdistan Region conducted a specialized training course on the United Nations Human Rights Protection System for the DFR staff members.

President Barzani Receives a U.S. Embassy Delegation

SAT, 23 JUL 2016 19:37

 President Masoud Barzani received a United States embassy delegation today headed by Jonathan Cohen, the Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. 

President Barzani Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Nice, France

FRI, 15 JUL 2016 15:41

President Masoud Barzani issued a statement to President Francois Holland in which he strongly condemned the terrorist act in Nice, France yesterday which took the lives of over eighty people. 

KRG and Austrian Foreign Ministers discuss issues of common interest

FRI, 15 JUL 2016 12:26

Head of KRG Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, today received Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz in his second visit to Kurdistan to discuss strengthening of bilateral relations as well as recent developments.