Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 7 OCT 2015 03:11 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.

KRG Foreign Minister meets the press in New York
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The Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, held a media roundtable yesterday to brief the representatives of some of America's leading publications.

Minister Bakir and Moreno Ocampo discuss Yezidi genocide
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Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir and his delegation to New York this week met with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, to discuss ways to prompt an investigation into the Yezidi genocide at the hands of ISIS.

Minister Bakir and head of Swiss Agency for Development discuss Kurdistan's urgent need for aid
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In New York this week, Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, discussed Kurdistan Region's urgent need for basic humanitarian needs at a meeting with Manuel Sager, State Secretary and Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


New Dutch Ambassador to Iraq visits Kurdistan Region

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As part of his visit to the Kurdistan Region, the new Dutch Ambassador to Iraq Mr. Jan Valtmans, along with the Dutch Consul General Mr. John van der Zande, today visited the KRG Department of Foreign Relations. 

Kurdistan Region Presidency Statement on Role of Russia against ISIS

SUN, 4 OCT 2015 09:07

The Kurdistan Region is grateful to any country or side that is prepared to assist the Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS, and it would welcome Russian assistance.

KRG delegation highlights Kurdistani issues in New York

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A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation was in New York this week during the United Nations 70th General Assembly to highlight the ongoing fight against ISIS and the humanitarian and economic challenges facing Kurdistan.

Minister Bakir and Cyprus Foreign Minister Kasoulides discuss bilateral relations

FRI, 2 OCT 2015 22:37

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, today met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides.