Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 25 MAY 2016 14:00 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.

Minister Bakir meets with WFP Country Director
MON, 16 MAY 2016 13:56

Minister Bakir met with World Food Program’s (WFP) country director for Iraq, Ms. Jane Pearce. Ms. Pearce was accompanied by a delegation of international journalists who have visited the Kurdistan Region to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and to communicate their findings to international media

Italy is ready to increase military aid to Kurdistan Region
THU, 12 MAY 2016 14:31

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti and her accompanying delegation.

President Barzani Receives Italian Defense Delegation‏
TUE, 10 MAY 2016 18:34

President Masoud Barzani received an Italian military delegation headed by Ms. Roberta Pinotti, the Minister of Defense. During the meeting President Barzani reiterated his appreciation to the allies for their support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as the collective effort to rid the region of the terrorists of the Islamic State continues.


French President: Peshmerga Forces fight for world security

TUE, 24 MAY 2016 12:25

A Kurdistan Region delegation, headed by Kurdistan Regional Government Spokesman, Minister Safeen Dizayee, on Sunday met French President François Hollande at Elysée Palace.

Kurdistan Regional Government statement regarding violent protests in Baghdad

SAT, 21 MAY 2016 22:19

In an official statement the office of Kurdistan Region’s Cabinet of Ministers condemns efforts to create turmoil in Baghdad and stands by the peaceful demands of the Iraqi people in a civilized and nonviolent manner and without any attacks on government institutions.

President Barzani Meets EU Delegation

THU, 19 MAY 2016 12:00

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani today met with an EU delegation that included Nick Westcott, Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the European External Action Service, Jean-Louis de Brouwer, Director of Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations, and Ambassador Patrick Simonnet, Head of EU Delegation to Iraq.

Turkish Consul General Gives Seminar to DFR Staff

MON, 16 MAY 2016 14:00

As part of the DFR’s activities to engage more with our partners in the international community and further increase cooperation with the diplomatic corps, the DFR has arranged a series of seminars to be presented by the Consul Generals of the diplomatic missions in Kurdistan Region.