Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 20 FEB 2019 19:22 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.




DFR Minister updates Diplomatic Missions of Arab countries in the Kurdistan Region
SAT, 9 FEB 2019 20:11

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (DFR.GOV.KRD) – Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa and the Assistant Head of DFR, Siham Mamand hosted Consuls General of Arab countries based in Kurdistan to give an update on the current situation and exchange views on further strengthening ties on February, 6, 2019.

 
Head of DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa receives UNHCR Representative to Iraq
SAT, 9 FEB 2019 08:30

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa received the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative to Iraq, Bruno Geddo on Thursday (February 7, 2019),  to discuss a range of issues concerning the current situation.

 
Prime Minister Barzani meets visiting Italian Prime Minister Conte
THU, 7 FEB 2019 17:34

THUErbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his accompanying delegation in Erbil.

 

 

KRG Representative to Poland meets with the Marshal of Mazowieckie Voivodeship

WED, 13 FEB 2019 10:16

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative in Poland, Ziyad Raoof met with Adam Struzik, Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, which is the biggest among 16 Polish voivodeships and its capital Warsaw is also the capital of Poland on ( 11th February 2019)

 

DFR Minister receives the Spanish Ambassador to Iraq to discuss recent political developments and issues of common interest

TUE, 12 FEB 2019 11:45

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa met with the Ambassador of Spain to Iraq, Juan José Escobar Stemmann and his accompanying delegation on 9 February 2019.

 

UNHCR organizes workshop on “enhancing the protection space for refugees and asylum seekers in the Kurdistan Region”

SAT, 9 FEB 2019 20:16

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Iraq in collaboration with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR)  concluded a one  workshop on “enhancing the protection space for refugees and asylum seekers in the Kurdistan Region” on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

 

Iran celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

SAT, 9 FEB 2019 20:15

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa and a number of government officials, political parties and members of parliaments attended the ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution of the Islamic Republic of Iran hosted by the Iranian Consulate General in Erbil.