Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
TUE, 30 AUG 2016 19:57 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.

A Statement From the Kurdistan Region Presidency
SAT, 20 AUG 2016 16:49

With regard to the Mosul liberation operation and the role of the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan and the different statements on this subject, the Kurdistan Region Presidency releases the following statement.

KRG Minister of Foreign Relations and German Ambassador pledge continued cooperation
WED, 17 AUG 2016 19:48

The new German Ambassador to Iraq Mr Franz Josef Kremp today visited the KRG Department of Foreign Relations to meet with Minister Falah Mustafa as part of his introductory visit to the region. 

President Barzani Meets U.S. Senator Booker
WED, 17 AUG 2016 14:34

President Masoud Barzani received United States senator, Cory Booker, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee member.


KRG Foreign Minister and Korean Deputy Foreign Minister discuss bilateral issues

TUE, 30 AUG 2016 19:16

KRG Minister for Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa today in Seoul met with Mr. Kim Hyoung-zhin Deputy Minister for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. 

Head of DFR and New Dutch Consul General discuss strengthening cooperation

SUN, 28 AUG 2016 12:25

The new Dutch Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Ms. Janet Alberda today met with KRG Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa as part of her introductory meetings. 

President Barzani and President Erdogan Meet in Ankara

WED, 24 AUG 2016 16:05

President Masoud Barzani along with a Kurdistan Region delegation was received by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of the President’s official visit to Turkey. 

KRG Minister of Foreign Relations pays courtesy visit to Italian Consulate

SUN, 21 AUG 2016 17:31

KRG Minister of Foreign Relations Mr. Falah Mustafa today paid a courtesy visit to the Consulate of the Republic of Italy in Kurdistan where he met with Dr. Alessandra Di Pippo.