Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 22 APR 2019 09:59 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: THU, 7 FEB 2019 17:34
Prime Minister Barzani meets visiting Italian Prime Minister Conte

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

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.

Prime Minister Conte praised the role of the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces in the fight against terrorism, the people and the Kurdistan Regional Government for accommodating and offering assistance to a large number of IDPs and refugees.

He valued the old tradition of tolerance and coexistence among the various religious communities in the Kurdistan Region, and reiterated his country’s humanitarian and military support to the Kurdistan Region.

The Italian Prime Minister stressed strengthening bilateral relations in various fields. He also welcomed the Kurdistan parliamentary elections, participation of the Kurdistan Region in the Iraqi elections, the continued talks between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to settle differences and develop security cooperation between them.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked Prime Minister Conte for his visit to the Kurdistan Region. He also thanked his government for its continued support to the Kurdistan Region, particularly in the humanitarian, military and cultural fields.

Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the progress made in settling some of the issues between Kurdistan and Baghdad through constructive dialogue, and reaffirmed KRG’s support to the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. He stressed that efforts will be further exerted to settle the remaining outstanding issues, within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.

Prime Minister Barzani said that the threat of terrorism still exists and highlighted the cooperation and coordination between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to eradicate terrorism. He stressed that the support of the international community is essential in this context.

Prime Minister Barzani considered that international community’s role is essential in assisting the Kurdistan religious communities, who fled ISIS repression, to return to their places of origin and construct their devastated communities.

Prime Minister Barzani also highlighted KRG’s administrative reform process, the economic recovery and the opportunities for Italian investors to invest in various sectors in the Kurdistan Region.

The situation of the region in general and a number of topics related to the political and security situation in the wider region were also discussed in the meeting.


Czech Republic aims to strengthen bilateral relations with Kurdistan
THU, 18 APR 2019 15:48

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on April 15, 2019, received the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr. Martin Smolik.

Minister Falah Mustafa meets German state of Baden-Württemberg officials, headed by Minister of Science
THU, 18 APR 2019 11:45

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – A high-level delegation from the German state of Baden-Württemberg visited the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) and met with Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the DFR.

Minister Falah Mustafa and Czech Republic Deputy Foreign Minister Smolik speak at launch of Czech Academic City in Erbil
THU, 18 APR 2019 11:40

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on April 15, 2019, participated in a ceremony to launch the Czech Academic City, together with the Czech Republic Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Martin Smolik, Consul General Mr. Michal Svoboda, and university heads and faculties. The launch was organized by Czech Technical University of Ostrava – VŠB.



Minister Falah Mustafa welcomes a delegation from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

SUN, 21 APR 2019 10:02

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa welcomed a delegation from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KSA) headed by Mr Gregor Jaecke, Head of the Foundation’s Syria and Iraq Office, and discussed research, strategic cooperation and the current political developments in Kurdistan and beyond.


Minister Falah Mustafa and International Crisis Group Senior Analyst discusses political and humanitarian developments

THU, 18 APR 2019 18:47

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on Wednesday met with Ms. Dareen Khalifa, Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group, and discussed the post-conflict political and humanitarian situation in Kurdistan and Iraq.


Minister Falah Mustafa discusses sustainable development with the Smithsonian Institution

THU, 18 APR 2019 18:45

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on Wednesday met with a delegation from the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, headed by Mr. John Davis, Provost the Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution.


Minister Falah Mustafa and Qatari Charge D'Affaires discuss areas of cooperation

THU, 18 APR 2019 18:43

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received Mr. Hussein Ali al-Fadala, the Qatari Charge D'Affaires to Iraq, to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations, the current political developments and efforts to form the new KRG cabinet.