Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
THU, 18 OCT 2018 09:06 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.

Prime Minister Barzani congratulates Nadia Murad
FRI, 5 OCT 2018 13:36

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( - Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani sent a congratulatory message to Ms. Nadia Murad on the occasion of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Minister Falah Mustafa Attends Day of German Unity Reception
THU, 4 OCT 2018 23:40

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – 3rd October 2018 The Head of the KRG DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa, attended a celebration hosted by the German Consulate General that marked Germany’s Day of Unity. In attendance were also other KRG Officials, members of Parliament, representatives of political parties, diplomats, Peshmerga Officials and German Forces based in Erbil.

KRG Representative in Poland attends Lech Walesa’ 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize
THU, 4 OCT 2018 23:37

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Ziyad Raoof KRG Representative in Poland together with a large group of guests from Poland and abroad attended a solemn celebration of Lech Walesa 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of receiving Nobel Peace Prize On Saturday, September 29.



DFR Head and Australian Ambassador to Iraq discuss potential to enhance bilateral cooperation

WED, 17 OCT 2018 20:17

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Head of the Foreign Relations Department of Kurdistan Regional Government, Minister Falah Mustafa and Assistant Head, Siham Mamand, received the Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, Dr Joanne Loundes.


Prime Minister Barzani receives U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

TUE, 16 OCT 2018 10:12

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a senior delegation headed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan.


New Serbian Ambassador to Iraq pledges commitment to boost relations with Kurdistan Region

THU, 11 OCT 2018 11:34

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Uroš Balov, visited the Foreign Relations Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government and was welcomed by the Head of the KRG Department of the Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, and the Assistant Head, Siham Mamand to discuss recent parliamentary elections, the latest political developments, the government formation process and Erbil-Baghdad relations.


KRG High Representative to the UK attends the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham

TUE, 9 OCT 2018 12:05

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( - A delegation of the KRG High Representation to the United Kingdom led by the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, Karwan Jamal Tahir attended the Conservative Conference to observe its proceedings, met new and old friends and diplomats from many countries in Birmingham, London, United Kingdom.