Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 19 DEC 2018 15:15 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 2 OCT 2018 12:01
KRG UK Representative attends Labour Party conference in Liverpool

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – The KRG High Representative to the United Kingdom, Karwan Jamal Tahir accompanied by Khasro Ajgayi, political and media directorate and The Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), Gary Kent, attended fringe meeting organized in conjunction with the Centre for Kurdish Progress at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.

Representative Tahir outlined the historical complexities of the Middle East in which the interests of non-Arab populations such as the Kurds, Palestinians and the Jews and have been neglected amid conflicts between the great powers and the schism between Shia and Sunni peoples. He stressed that "it is necessary to overcome the notion that the Middle East only has an Arab identity."

He advocated the need for pluralism and democracy in the Middle East to reduce extremism and increase dialogue. He also defended the right of the Kurds to hold a referendum a year ago to begin dialogue with Baghdad and described how the Kurdistan Region overcame the federal government's attempt to "crush, undermine, and dissolve the Kurdistan Region’s institutions" and is seeking a constitutional deal with the federal government, which requires international backing, including from the Labour Party.

 

He also urged Labour to engage with the Kurdistan Region through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy so that Kurdistan can become stronger, assist democratic development in the wider region, and enhance freedom and stability.

The meeting was chaired by shadow minister Tracy Brabin MP, who joined an APPG delegation to Kurdistan within weeks of her election after the murder of her friend and predecessor, Jo Cox. She recalled how impressed she was by the progressive and pluralist nature of the Kurdistan Region and stressed that self-determination was part of the conversation.

The Labour MP for Ipswich, Sandy Smith, said his constituency had a strong Iraqi Kurdistan population, that he has long been aware of the Kurdish plight and backed the principle of self-determination and human rights for Kurds. He pledged to assist Kurds in Ipswich and nationally so they are not marginalized.




KRG UK Representation to organize an event for the Kurdistan trade delegation
MON, 17 DEC 2018 12:17

Erbil, Kurdistan Region (dfr.gov.krd) – The KRG UK Representation and the British Expertise International (BEI) organized an event for the Kurdistan Chambers of Commerce delegation led by Dara Jalil Khayat, Head of the Federation of Kurdistan Chambers of Commerce. The delegation composed of the Head of Erbil Chamber of Commerce, Dara Jalil Khayat, Head of Sulaymaniyah Chamber of Commerce, Sirwan Muhamad, and Head of Duhok Chamber of Commerce, Ayad Abdulhalim in London.

 
Introductory meeting between New Egyptian Consul to Kurdistan Region and DFR Head, Falah Mustafa
TUE, 11 DEC 2018 19:25

Erbil, Kurdistan Region (dfr.gov.krd) – 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 (dfr.gov.krd) – 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.

 

 

A Statement delivered by the Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa on the occasion of the birthday celebration of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan - 18 December, 2018

WED, 19 DEC 2018 11:02

I am very happy to be here this evening to celebrate the 85th birthday of 125th Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Emperor Akihito. I would like to thank the Ambassador of Japan in Iraq, and the Head of the Consular Office in Kurdistan for hosting such a friendly and welcoming birthday celebration!

 

Head of DFR presents a seminar at the Lebanese French in Erbil

TUE, 18 DEC 2018 14:34

Erbil, Kurdistan Region (dfr.gov.krd) – The Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa presented an academic seminar entitled “The Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish issue around the world” at the Lebanese French University (LFU) in Erbil. The LFU Presidency, the University Commission, Heads of Departments and a number of students were also in attendance.


Dutch Foreign Minister, Stef Blok pays an official visit to Erbil

TUE, 18 DEC 2018 14:31

Erbil, Kurdistan Region (dfr.gov.krd) – The Dutch Foreign Minister, Stef Blok arrived in Erbil, on the 17th of December 2018, and was welcomed by the Minister of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Karim Sinjari and the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa.

 

Swedish Embassy Office in the Kurdistan Region celebrates a Winter Reception in Erbil

MON, 17 DEC 2018 14:32

Erbil, Kurdistan Region (dfr.gov.krd) – The Embassy Office of the Kingdom of Sweden hosted a Winter Reception on the 12th December 2018 in Erbil,  In attendance were senior KRG officials, members of Parliament, governors, representatives of political parties, the Ambassador of Sweden to Iraq, Pontus Melander, and Deputy Head of Mission in Erbil, Mahyad Tavakoli.