Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
THU, 30 JUL 2015 09:05 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.

President Barzani and U.S. Defense Secretary exchange views on security cooperation
FRI, 24 JUL 2015 16:51

Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ( President Masoud Barzani met with the United States Secretary of Defense, Mr. Ashton Carter in Erbil today.

Consul General Joseph Pennington bids farewell to Kurdistan
THU, 23 JUL 2015 16:09

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – The outgoing U.S. Consul General Joseph Pennington today met with Minister Falah Mustafa Head of KRG Foreign Relations to bid farewell and to introduce his successor Mr. Matthias Mitman.

Head of DFR and President of Croatia discuss strengthening bilateral ties
TUE, 21 JUL 2015 20:47

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Minister Mustafa in Washington to update US officials and Congress

WED, 29 JUL 2015 23:34

WASHINGTON, DC ( – Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, is in Washington for a week-long visit to meet with senior United States government officials and Congress members, in order to urge the US to continue to support the Peshmerga against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Kurdistan.

President Barzani Meets with General Lloyd Austin‏

WED, 29 JUL 2015 10:50

Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ( President Masoud Barzani received a military and diplomatic delegation from the United States headed by General Lloyd Austin, the commander of the U.S. Central Command.

EU Continues its support for Kurdistan Region

MON, 27 JUL 2015 10:47

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, yesterday received European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, EU ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybaskova, and their accompanying delegation.

The Philippines Charge d’Affaires discusses consolidating ties with Kurdistan Region

SAT, 25 JUL 2015 12:20

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, ( – The newly appointed Philippines Charge d’Affaires to Iraq, Mr Almar G. Cato, today met with Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, to introduce himself and to explore areas of potential cooperation.