Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 6 FEB 2016 23:18 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.

Swedish Ambassador to Iraq visits DFR
WED, 27 JAN 2016 18:34

Minister Falah Mustafa today met with the Swedish Ambassador to Iraq, Ms. Annika Molin Hellgren to discuss the challenges facing the wider region in general and Kurdistan in particular.

Nechirvan Barzani: Our goal is to bring about financial stability and develop a modern economy
WED, 27 JAN 2016 13:26

Text of speech by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani at the conference held yesterday to announce the roadmap for reform and modernisation of the Ministry of Finance and Economy and debate the current financial crisis in the Kurdistan Region:

New Swiss Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq visits Kurdistan
WED, 27 JAN 2016 11:40

Head of KRG foreign relations, Minister Falah Mustafa yesterday received the newly appointed Swiss Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq, Mr. Hans-Peter Lenz. 


President Barzani: Time is Apt for Kurdistan to Hold Referendum

TUE, 2 FEB 2016 14:49

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani says that the time has come for the people of Kurdistan to make a decision through a referendum on their future. In a statement on Tuesday, he also criticized those who have made hostile statements about the holding of a referendum in Kurdistan. 

Assistant Head of DFR receives Indonesian Charge d’Affaires to Iraq

MON, 1 FEB 2016 16:02

Ms. Siham Mamand, Assistant Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, today received Mr. S. Ari Wardhana, Indonesian Charge d’Affaires to Iraq.

Kurdistan Region delegation visits Baghdad

SUN, 31 JAN 2016 14:00

A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation headed by Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, yesterday visited Baghdad to discuss the current situation in Iraq and the outstanding issues between the two sides with Iraqi senior officials.

Head of DFR discusses recent U.S. Visa Waiver program with U.S. Consul General

WED, 27 JAN 2016 19:14

Minister Falah Mustafa yesterday met with U.S. Consul General Matthias Mitman and Consul Lauren Lewis to discuss bilateral relations, challenges facing the Region and recent changes that have been made to the Visa Waiver program (VWP) which was officially implemented 5 days ago.