Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
TUE, 25 JUN 2019 05:13 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 ( – 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.

Assistant Head of DFR Siham Mamand meets Czech Consul General to Kurdistan Region
FRI, 31 MAY 2019 12:03

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Ms. Siham Mamand, Assistant Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), had a good exchange of views on May 30th with Mr. Michal Svoboda, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Erbil.

Minister Falah Mustafa meets outgoing Belgian Ambassador Hendrik Velde
THU, 30 MAY 2019 10:39

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received on May 28th Ambassador Hendrik Van de Velde, Belgium’s envoy to Jordan and Iraq, to bid him farewell as his tenure in the region comes to an end.

Minister Falah Mustafa meets EU Ambassador to Iraq, Ramon Blecua
WED, 29 MAY 2019 20:15

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa met with the European Union's Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Ramon Blecua and discussed the role of the EU in promoting security and peace and humanitarian assistance for refugees and displaced persons in the liberated areas.



Minister Falah Mustafa and Dutch Ambassador to Iraq highlight strength of Kurdistan-Netherlands relations

FRI, 21 JUN 2019 11:42

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa met on 19th June H.E. Matthias Wolters, the Netherlands Ambassador to Iraq and his accompanying delegation.


Outgoing Sudanese Ambassador to Iraq optimistic about Kurdistan’s future, congratulates new President and PM designate of Kurdistan Region

WED, 19 JUN 2019 09:21

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa met with Ambassador Yassin Awad Ismail, Sudan’s outgoing Ambassador to Iraq, who congratulated Nechirvan Barzani on his election as President of the Kurdistan Region, and Mr. Masrour Barzani on his selection as the Prime Minister-designate of the 9th KRG cabinet.


Cyprus’s first Honorary Consul Mr. Ibrahim Sindi starts his duties in the Kurdistan Region

TUE, 18 JUN 2019 13:14

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on 17th June welcomed the first ever Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus assigned to the Kurdistan Region Mr. Ibrahim Sindi to mark the start of his official duties in Erbil.


Minister Falah Mustafa receives incoming Swiss Ambassador Lukas Gasser and his delegation

FRI, 31 MAY 2019 13:49

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received Ambassador Lukas Gasser, Switzerland’s ambassador to Iraq, resident in Amman, and his accompanying delegation on his first visit to the Kurdistan Region.