Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 17 JUL 2019 16:09 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 13 NOV 2018 14:14
Head of DFR participates at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy 2018 discussion on “Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East”

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – During his working visit to Austria on 8 November 2018, Minister Falah Mustafa the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) participated, as a keynote speaker, in the discussion panel of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. This year’s discussion highlighted the political developments and issues related to the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East.

Minister Mustafa alongside with the Professor Thomas Row, Head of History Faculty at the Diplomatic Academy and Dr. Gudrun Harrer, former Special Envoy of the European Union to Iraq clarified KRG visions on the recent developments of the Region and beyond and government formations of Erbil and Baghdad.

in the margins of the discussions, which were also attended by Ghanim Fadhil Hasan KAABI, first Secretary of the Iraqi Embassy and Dr Mustafa Ramazan, the KRG Representative to Austria, with a number of students, academics and graduates of the Vienna Diplomacy Academy, Minister Mustafa presented a historical overview of the Kurdistan Region and expressed the willingness of the KR in addressing outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad under the constitutional framework and said “We need to look forward to the future and want to solve the disputes between Erbil and Bagdad by participating all parties in the political process in Bagdad with our partners there”.


He emphasized that the next KRG cabinet will look forward to work on the reform agenda, to improve services for its citizens and to safeguard the diversity and peaceful coexistence of all ethnic and religious groups that make up the fabric of the Kurdistan Region, also to remain KR an efficient and solidity value community, worldwide relevant. He also referred to the complexities of the worldwide humanitarian crises, at the same time ways and solutions in nurturing existing infrastructure and institutions to prevent further migration to the Western countries.

On relations with the neighbor countries, he touched on ties with the Iraq and Iran, and also the Iraq and Turkey, saying that it’s natural for them to have good relations and hopes to deepen cooperation.

To conclude, Minister Mustafa answered questions on the internal Kurdistan politics and the vacancy of the KRI presidency as well as the Iraqi government formation and remaining vacancies.

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives Turkish Ambassador to Iraq
MON, 15 JUL 2019 12:19

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Saturday received Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz.

KRG UK Representation hosts its Summer Reception at the UK Parliament
THU, 11 JUL 2019 10:32

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir, KRG High Representative to the United Kingdom welcomed more than 190 key figures included political, diplomatic, business, NGO, Iraqi and Kurdish communities at the KRG UK Representation’s summer reception hosted in the UK parliament in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region to recognise the deep and broad links between the Kurdistan Region and the United Kingdom in areas of politics, economic, education and culture.

KRG Representative participated in celebration of closing of Slovakian presidency in the Visegrad Group
THU, 11 JUL 2019 09:37

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Ziyad Raoof, KRG Representative in Poland took part in solemn termination of presidency of Slovakia in Visegrad Group.



PM Barzani leads high-level KRG delegation to Baghdad; meetings held with Iraq’s senior leadership

WED, 17 JUL 2019 11:15

Meetings held with Iraq’s President, Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD, 16 July 2019) - A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, visited Baghdad today, where they held meetings with Iraqi President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, and the Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi.

H.E. Subrahmanyam Jaishanka optimistic for the close relations between Kurdistan and India

WED, 17 JUL 2019 09:26

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – In response to a congratulatory message from Minister Falah Mustafa to H.E. Subrahmanyam Jaishanka on assuming office as the Minister of External Affairs of India, Minister Jaishanka thanked the Department of Foreign Relations and the Kurdistan Regional Government for their continued support to the Indian community and for protecting their interests in the Region. Minister Jaishanka also underlined enhancing bilateral ties in many areas of cooperation.

Minister Falah Mustafa meets James Thornton, new British Consul General to Kurdistan Region

WED, 17 JUL 2019 09:23

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received Mr. James Thornton, the new UK Consul General to Kurdistan Region, and congratulated him on his new position and on the start of his duties in Erbil.


Minister Falah Mustafa at Bastille Day Reception said Kurdistan’s close historic friendship with France will continue

WED, 17 JUL 2019 09:20

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on 14th July at the French Bastille Day reception in Erbil conveyed his best wishes to the people and government of France, the French community and Consul General Dominique Mas. In a speech, Minister Mustafa said that there is a history of great friendship and cooperation between Kurdistan Region and France.