Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
THU, 15 NOV 2018 22:28 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: THU, 15 MAR 2012 13:23
Consul Generals discuss developments and initiatives in Kurdistan

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (DFR.krg.org) – The Head of KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, on Tuesday, 13 March, received both the British and French diplomats to the Region in separate meetings to discuss recent political developments in Kurdistan, Iraq and the wider region, as well as their ongoing efforts in the Region.

Addressing the importance of their missions in the Region, Minister Mustafa said “Kurdistan has come a long way since your arrival here. You have helped us to develop opportunities in our cultural, educational and economic sectors. We appreciate your continued support and collaboration with our government, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our cooperation and exploring new areas of mutual interest.”

Accompanied in his meeting by the Head of the Northern Gulf Department at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Ken O’Flaherty, the British Consul General, Mr Chris Bowers, highlighted that since the Erbil Trade Fair last October, more than 100 British companies have visited the Region. He also mentioned that there have been several visits by UK universities to seek out methods for increasing collaborative efforts with local universities as well.

Mr Bowers announced that the British Minister of State for Universities and Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, will be leading a delegation of 10 Vice Chancellors to Kurdistan next month in order to explore ways of further strengthening educational ties.

In a separate meeting with the French Consul General, Dr Frédéric Tissot, both sides discussed the political situation in Iraq and the ongoing crisis in Syria, as well as the upcoming Arab summit and the Iraqi national conference.

They also talked about the activities of the “Danielle Mitterrand” International MLF French School and Kindergarten in Erbil and Suleimaniah, with Dr Tissot stressing that one of the main initiatives of the French government is to help improve the quality of education in Kurdistan.

Minister Mustafa said, “Enhancing our academic programs in the Kurdistan Region is one of the KRG’s top priorities. We welcome all initiatives from our partners in the international community to improve the quality of education for our students—from sharing international knowledge and expertise to providing unique cultural experiences.”

The International MLF French Schools were opened in 2009 and were named after Ms Danielle Mitterrand. Hailed as “The mother of the Kurds,” Ms Mitterrand was the wife of former French President Francois Mitterrand and a long time supporter of Kurdish rights. She was the founder and president of the French Libertés Foundation until her death on the 22nd of November last year. The Libertés Foundation had a long history of promoting the Kurdish cause abroad.




Head of DFR meets with Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation
TUE, 6 NOV 2018 23:50

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia headed by Judha Nugraha visited the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and was received by the Head of DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss means of enhancing the activities of the Republic of Indonesia in the Kurdistan Region.

 
Head of DFR and Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran discuss recent developments and ways to boost ties
WED, 31 OCT 2018 14:19

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – The Head of the Foreign Relations Department of Kurdistan Regional Government Minister Falah Mustafa received Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kurdistan Region, Morteza Ebadi and his accompanying delegation, and discussed strengthening bilateral, mutual cooperation, and the recent political developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and beyond.

 
Falah Mustafa receives Maksim Maksimov, Russian Ambassador to Iraq
TUE, 30 OCT 2018 14:28

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) –The Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa and Assistant Head, Siham Mamand received the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Iraq, Maksim Maksimov, accompanied by Russian Consul General to Kurdistan Region, Viktor Simakov. The two sides discussed the latest Kurdistan Region and Iraq political developments, updated on post-KRG parliamentary elections, the formation of the Erbil and Baghdad governments and Erbil-Baghdad relations.

 

 

Prime Minister Barzani receives the head of Samaritan's Purse organisation

TUE, 13 NOV 2018 23:58

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) - Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Franklin Graham, President of the international humanitarian organization, Samaritan's Purse and his accompanying delegation.

 

Head of DFR participates at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy 2018 discussion on “Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East”

TUE, 13 NOV 2018 14:14

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – During his working visit to Austria on 8 November 2018, Minister Falah Mustafa the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) participated, as a keynote speaker, in the discussion panel of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. This year’s discussion highlighted the political developments and issues related to the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East.

 

Head of DFR and Belgian Ambassador to discuss a number of topics of mutual interest

TUE, 13 NOV 2018 10:29

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG DFR) along with the Assistant Head, Siham Mamand received Belgian Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan Hendrik Van de Velde and his accompanying delegation to discuss recent political developments in Kurdistan Region and beyond, bilateral relations and means to promote them.

 

Prime Minister Barzani receives Belgian Ambassador

MON, 12 NOV 2018 08:53

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Belgium’s Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan Hendrik Van de Velde and his accompanying delegation.