Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 30 MAY 2015 01:07 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.

Senior KRG officials update the region’s diplomats on the discussions with Baghdad related to oil exports and budgetary matters
THU, 14 MAY 2015 15:30

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – Three senior ministers from the Kurdistan Regional Government today briefed diplomats and foreign representatives based in Erbil on the latest developments regarding the oil and budgetary issues with Baghdad.

President Barzani Meets Czech Prime Minister Sobotka in Prague
WED, 13 MAY 2015 22:12

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague on Tuesday to discuss strengthening bilateral ties, in particular support to the peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS terrorists.

President Barzani Meets Hungarian PM Orban in Budapest
MON, 11 MAY 2015 22:19

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and an accompanying senior KRG delegation met with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban in Budapest on Monday to discuss bilateral ties, and the Hungarian support for the Kurdistan Region in its fight against the ISIS terrorists.


President Barzani Participates in WEF on Middle East and North Africa

FRI, 22 MAY 2015 20:58

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani participated in the opening session of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa in the Dead Sea today and later held meetings with a number of leaders from the region.

President Barzani Meets King Abdullah of Jordan

FRI, 22 MAY 2015 01:33

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman today. The King and the President discussed the political and security developments in Iraq, in particular the latest situation in the Anbar province, and efforts to counter the ISIS terrorists. 

President Barzani Meets with Dutch Minister of Defense‏

SAT, 16 MAY 2015 15:14

President Masoud Barzani received a Dutch military delegation today headed by the Minister of Defense, Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.

Kurdistan Regional Government appoints new Representatives to the United Kingdom

SAT, 16 MAY 2015 15:09

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Regional Government has appointed Mr.Karwan Jamal Tahir as its new Representative to the United Kingdom on the 11th of May 2015.