Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 17 DEC 2018 04:09 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: MON, 7 MAY 2018 09:52
Inaugural Ceremony of The First Branch of Czech VSB- Technical University of Ostrava

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Yousif Goran among other Government Officials, professors and academics attended the inaugural ceremony first branch of Czech VSB- Technical University of Ostrava, opened in Erbil on May 2nd, 2018.

During the opening ceremony, Head of DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa emphasized that the bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Czech Republic are indeed rewarding, and KRG is pleased to have the Czech Government as a reliable partner. “Today we are not only here to mark another milestone in enriching our academic environment but also to reaffirm and value our longstanding relations with the Czech Republic” he stated.

“KRG views academic exchange as a key pillar of its public diplomacy. Through academic and educational exchange we intend to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the Kurdistan Region and other nations” he added

The Minister also stressed the importance of coordination in today's post ISIS war-phase on taking the responsibility of working together to enrich and expedite the recovery process.

Head of DFR also touched upon the effective role played by the Czech Republic in showing support and solidarity to the people of Kurdistan Region, during times of challenge over the past years.


On behalf of KRG DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa concluded his speech once again by expressing his gratitude for all who turned this dream into reality and for this significant initiative and wished them many prosperous academic years ahead.

KRG Minister of MHE, Dr. Yousif Goran also delivered a speech and expressed his pleasure at opening the first branch of Ostrava University; where he stated “Today we are the witness of the beginning of new experience in the higher education sector developments in Kurdistan Region”.

Dr. Goran added, ”the Technical University of Ostrava is ranked among the best educational institutions in the world”. KRG Minister of MHE also thanked the Czech Ostrava University for choosing Kurdistan Region to open a branch in.

During the inauguration ceremony of the university branch, in addition to several other speeches, a documentary film was also presented on the history of the founding of the University of Ostrava.


Head of DFR and Indian Consul General discuss promoting further cooperation
SUN, 9 DEC 2018 10:48

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – Falah Mustafa, the Head of Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) received the Consul General of the Republic of India, Chandramouli Kumar and confirmed the determination of the KRG to develop a comprehensive partnership and mutual interest with the Republic of India. The Assistant Head of DFR, Siham Mamand was also in attendance.

Romanian Consular Office hosts National Day and Great Union Day celebration of the Republic of Romania in Erbil
WED, 5 DEC 2018 13:38

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – On Monday, 4th December 2018 the Consulate Office of the Republic of Romania in Erbil held a special ceremony on the occasion of the Centenary of the Romanian Great Union Day. , KRG officials, members of Parliament, representatives of foreign countries and a number of distinguished guests were in attendance.

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People celebrated in Erbil
MON, 3 DEC 2018 14:08

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – On 29 November 2018 the Consulate General of the Palestinian authority to the Kurdistan Region hosted a special celebration for the annual Palestinian People International Day of Solidarity. The event was attended by KRG officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomatic corps, a number of distinguished guests, and the Palestinian community.



Introductory meeting between New Egyptian Consul to Kurdistan Region and DFR Head, Falah Mustafa

TUE, 11 DEC 2018 19:25

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – The new Consul of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Kurdistan Region, Ambassador Ahmed Jihad Hares visited the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) and was received by Falah Mustafa, Head of DFR, and Siham Mamand, the Assistant Head and discussed current political developments, efforts to form the new KRG government and Erbil-Baghdad ties.


Poland’s Minister for Humanitarian Affairs visits Kurdistan Region and met with the KRG Officials

MON, 10 DEC 2018 22:55

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – Beata Kempa, Poland’s Minister for Humanitarian Aid visited the Kurdistan Region and was received by the Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa, the Assistant Head of DFR, Siham Mamand, and the Governor of the Erbil, Nawzad Hadi, accompanied by the KRG Representative to Poland, Ziyad Raoof.


Prime Minister Barzani receives British Ambassador

MON, 10 DEC 2018 12:50

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( - Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received British Ambassador to Iraq Jon Wilks, Lord Francis Maude, and British Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Martin Warr.


Head of DFR, Norway Chargé D’affaires discuss measures to increase cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and Norway

SUN, 9 DEC 2018 11:00

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – Minister Counsellor and Chargé D’affaires of Norway, Roar Haugsdal visited the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) and was received by the Head of DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa and the Assistant Head, Siham Mamand.