Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
THU, 23 MAY 2019 08:27 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 26 FEB 2019 11:04
Head of Foreign Relations begins week-long visit to Washington

Washington, DC, USA ( - Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, is in Washington this week to meet with senior US government officials and members of Congress to update them on a variety of issues of interest related to Kurdistan, Iraq and the United States.

On his first day, Minister Mustafa and KRG Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman met several senior administration officials at the Department of State.

In a meeting with Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield (pictured) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran and Iraq Andrew Peek, Minister Mustafa updated the US officials on the KRG government formation, relations between Erbil and Baghdad and the challenges facing both governments. He also discussed the need for all parties to remain focused on the next phase of the fight against ISIS to ensure its lasting defeat, emphasizing the US partnership with Kurdistan and Iraq.


Minister Mustafa also met Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Denise Natali; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population , Refugees, and Migration Richard Albright; and Iraq Affairs Director Robert Waller.

He highlighted the needs of the refugee and displaced community and the obstacles to the minorities’ return to their homes.


Minister Mustafa and Representative Abdul Rahman also met with Commissioners and staff from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. They discussed the KRG’s efforts to maintain a tolerant and pluralistic society in Kurdistan, and a number of specific issues facing religious and ethnic minority groups in Iraq.

The Minister kicked off his visit with a meeting with the KRG Representation office to outline the current situation and KRG priorities.

This is the first visit of a senior KRG official to Washington in 2019.


Minister Falah Mustafa meets Japan’s Head of Consular Office, Mr. Katsumi Moriyasu
SUN, 19 MAY 2019 22:57

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – in the course of round meetings on Saturday, May 18th with the diplomatic missions in Kurdistan Region, Minister Falah Mustafa met with Mr. Katsumi Moriyasu, Head of the Consular Office of Japan in Erbil.

Minister Falah Mustafa holds productive meeting with European countries’ heads of diplomatic missions
SUN, 19 MAY 2019 22:14

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – for the purpose of discussing current important issues and developments in Kurdistan Region and Iraq, Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) held a productive meeting in the presence of Ms. Clarisse Pasztory, Head of EU Liaison Office in Erbil, with the attendance of Consul General and Representatives of the United Kingdom, Republic of France, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Republic of Czech, Republic of Hungary, Hellenic Republic, Consular Agency and Commercial Offices of the Republic of Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

U.S. will continue to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation with Kurdistan Region
SUN, 19 MAY 2019 22:11

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The United States’ Consul General to Kurdistan Region, Mr. Steven Fagin and his accompanying delegation visited the KRG Department of Foreign Relations and were received by Minister Falah Mustafa on Saturday, May 18th.



Falah Mustafa meets Canada Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director for Iraq and Syria

WED, 22 MAY 2019 12:47

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Ms. Pegatha Taylor, the Deputy Director for Iraq and Syria at Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with Minister Falah Mustafa on May 20th, to review the latest political developments and her country’s commitment to Kurdistan Region and Iraq.


Minister Falah Mustafa meets with outgoing Deputy Head of IOM Iraq Mission

WED, 22 MAY 2019 11:45

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received Ms. Barbara Rijks, Deputy Head of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) on the occasion of the completion of her tour of duty on May 20th.


Prime Minister Barzani meets Patriarch of Assyrian Church of the East

TUE, 21 MAY 2019 11:12

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa, and his accompanying delegation that included bishops from other countries.


Prime Minister Barzani receives U.S. Consul General

MON, 20 MAY 2019 22:10

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received U.S. Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Steven Fagin and his accompanying delegation.