Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 18 AUG 2018 20:41 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 19 DEC 2017 13:00
Kurdistan Region top officials meet with Germany’s leaders in Berlin

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( - A senior Kurdistan Regional Government delegation, headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, is in Berlin and met with Germany’s top leaders, including the country’s chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked Chancellor Merkel for the support and assistance that Germany provided to the Kurdistan Region, and briefed her on the latest developments of the relations between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government of Iraq.  Prime Minister Barzani stressed that the Kurdistan Regions is committed to the Iraqi Constitution and is ready to negotiate with Baghdad to resolve all issues within the framework of the Constitution.
Prime Minister Barzani said, despite KRG’s readiness to negotiate, Baghdad has not responded to his government’s call for dialogue. Thus, the Kurdistan Region’s friends in the international community, including Germany, are urged to help and facilitate negotiations.

Chancellor Merkel voiced her country’s support to the Kurdistan Region’s constitutional rights within Iraq and shed light on Germany’s relations with the Kurdistan Region and the assistance it has provided to the Region, especially during the fight against terror.  She also commended the Kurdistan Region for its readiness to hold negotiations with the Iraqi Government.

Prior to his meeting with Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Barzani met with Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel and held a joint press conference afterwards.

Minister Sigmar stated that Germany has worked with the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Region to fight and defeat the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, which posed a threat to the entire world. He thanked Iraq and the Kurdistan Region for defeating ISIS.  Germany’s chief diplomat also called on Baghdad to accept the dialogue initiative, stressing that Germany supports solving issues between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad through negotiations.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked Germany and the international anti-ISIS coalition for supporting the Kurdistan Region and Iraq during the difficult times through sending weapons, military advisors, training the Peshmerga and treating the wounded in Germany. He also thanked Germany for the humanitarian aid it has provided to the IDPs and refugees in the Kurdistan Region, particularly Germany’s GIZ organization that initiated and supported many humanitarian projects in the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Region delegations also met separately with the Bundestag’s Foreign Relations and Defense committees.

In the meetings, German lawmakers applauded the role of the Kurdistan’s military, the Peshmerga, in the fight against terror and also expressed concern regarding the tensions between the Kurdistan Region and the federal Iraqi government, hoping that all disputes are resolved through dialogue and on the basis of the Iraqi Constitution. They also voiced their support for a strong Kurdistan Region and its political process.
Prime Minister Barzani thanked the Bundestag for their decision to send military support to the Kurdistan Region and hoped that relations between the Kurdistan Region and Germany further develop in all fields.

Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Chief of Staff to the Kurdistan Region Presidency Fuad Hussein, KRG Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee, and Head of KRG’s Foreign Relations Department Falah Mustafa are accompanying Prime Minister in his visit to Europe.


High Representative Karwan Jamal Tahir attends the fifth round of Iraqi Cultural Scheme Closing Ceremony at the British Museum
FRI, 10 AUG 2018 12:40

London, United Kingdom ( –  The Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, H.E Karwan Jamal Tahir addressed the audience at reception held at the British Museum on Friday 3 August 2018 to celebrate the fifth round of the British Museum’s Iraq Scheme, a UK government backed training programme designed to establish dedicated corps of Iraqis and Kurdish heritage professionals, skilled to deal with the aftermath of the destruction of archaeological sites in the Kurdistan Region and other parts of Iraq.

Incoming British Deputy Consul General to Kurdistan Region Visits DFR
SAT, 4 AUG 2018 16:27

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – Assistant Head of DFR, Siham Jabali Mamand, yesterday met the newly-appointed British Deputy Consul General to Kurdistan Region, Stuart Adam.

A Dutch Delegation Visit DFR
SAT, 4 AUG 2018 16:05

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – a Dutch delegation from the Ministry of Justice and Security composed of Hans Faber, Director of the International Affairs and Thomas Jacobs, senior advisor at the Directorate of International Affairs, led by Willem Nicolaas Cosijn, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands visited KRG Department of Foreign Relations and were received by Siham Jabali Mamand, Assistant Head of DFR. 



KRG DFR pledges continued support to Canada's Embassy Office in Erbil

MON, 13 AUG 2018 22:46

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The outgoing Head of Canada's Embassy Office in Erbil, Paul Gareau, visited Department of Foreign Relations of Kurdistan Regional Government and met with Assistant Head of DFR, Siham Jabali Mamand upon completion of his tenure in the Kurdistan Region.


Third Deloitte report on Oil and Gas Review in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, with newly added disclosures on local sales – Q1 of 2018

MON, 13 AUG 2018 20:57

Today new verified data on the Kurdistan Region’s oil exports, consumption and revenues have been published, covering the period from 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018, after a review of the sector by the international “Big 4” audit and consulting firm, Deloitte.


U.S. Congressional Delegation visits KRG DFR to discuss the latest developments in the region

SUN, 12 AUG 2018 23:07

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – A delegation composed of the United States Congress led by Steven Fagin, US Consul General to Kurdistan Region,  Patrick Megahan, professional staff member for the House Foreign Affairs Committee' Terrorism and Oren Adaki, Staff Director of the House Committee of Foreign Affairs visited KRG Department of Foreign Relations and were received by the Assistant Head of DFR, Siham Jabali Mamand on 8 August, 2018.


Prime Minister Barzani receives Germany's new Consul General

SAT, 11 AUG 2018 12:43

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the new Consul General of Germany to the Kurdistan Region, Ms. Barbara Wolf and her accompanying delegation.