Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
TUE, 1 DEC 2015 17:37 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 Minister meets with Canadian humanitarian NGOs present in Kurdistan
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National Security Advisor to Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Richard Fadden, today received Minister Falah Mustafa and his accompanying delegation to exchange views in the fight against ISIS.

KRG Minister calls on Canada to open its consulate general in Kurdistan
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Alexandra Bugailiskis, Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, the Middle East and the Maghreb today at the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Canada received Minister Falah Mustafa and his accompanying delegation. 


Minister Falah Mustafa updates graduate students at Toronto University on developments in Kurdistan

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Toronto City Hall hosts Minister Falah Mustafa

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Head of DFR meets with Deputy National Defense Minister of Canada

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Deputy National Defense Minister of Canada, Mr. John Forster, received Minister Falah Mustafa and Representative Bayan Rahman at the headquarters of Canada’s National Defense Ministry. 

Canada’s Institute on Governance to assist KRG to develop governance

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Minister Falah Mustafa and President of Institute on Governance discussed ways of advancing better governance in Kurdistan and consolidating federal system in Iraq.