Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 26 SEP 2016 11:44 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.

Falah Mustafa meets Hungary’s Foreign Minister in New York
THU, 22 SEP 2016 22:24

On the margins of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, KRG Minister of Foreign Relations yesterday met with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó. 

Prime Minister Barzani and UK Defence Secretary discuss liberation of Mosul
THU, 22 SEP 2016 22:23

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his accompanying diplomatic and military delegation.

KRG delegation participates in Ministerial-Level Event on Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq
THU, 22 SEP 2016 21:09

Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa and KRG Representative to the United States Ms. Bayan Rahman yesterday represented KRG at the Ministerial-Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq on the margins of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. 


Minister Mustafa invites Nadia Murad to meet KRG leadership

SUN, 25 SEP 2016 12:16

Minister Falah Mustafa on Friday met with Nadia Murad, the Ezidi-Kurdish young woman who was enslaved by ISIS and who was this month appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

KRG and Bulgarian Foreign Ministers meet on margins of UNGA

SAT, 24 SEP 2016 22:38

Minister Falah Mustafa met yesterday with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York. 

President Barzani Receives German Minister of Defense

FRI, 23 SEP 2016 19:29

The minister expressed, on behalf of the government of Germany her unwavering support to the Kurdistan Region and stated that the terrorists, especially in the past two years have indeed brought Germany and the Kurdistan Region even closer to one another.

KRG Delegation continues meetings in New York

FRI, 23 SEP 2016 14:07

KRG Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa and Representative Bayan Rahman had separate meetings yesterday in New York with Swedish deputy foreign minister Ms. Annika Söder, Czech deputy foreign minister Mr. Ivo Sramek, and Assistant to Croatian foreign minister Mr. Gordon Bakota.