Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 17 JUL 2019 16:13 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 30 APR 2019 10:40
Netherlands Consulate General celebrates the birthday of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander in Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa on 27 April gave a speech at a reception marking the birthday of H.M. Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands. The celebration was organized by the Netherlands Consulate General in Erbil and Embassy in Baghdad.

Minister Mustafa, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, on behalf of the KRG congratulated the people and government of the Netherlands on King’s Day. He thank the government of the Netherlands for their continuous support to the Kurdistan Region during difficult times.

Minister Mustafa said that the Netherlands has been a key partner in providing humanitarian support to IDPs displaced by ISIS in recent years, and in training Peshmerga Forces. He said, “We are grateful and encouraged to have military advisors from the Netherlands as part of the US-led push forward the reform process of the Ministry of Peshmerga”.


The Minister further said that bilateral ties can be made stronger through more exchange programs for youth, university students and women’s empowerment, to take advantage of Holland’s excellent education system.

The Head of Foreign Relations commended public-private sector economic cooperation, in particular, the agriculture conferences that have been held in Kurdistan Region and the Netherlands. Kurdistan remains committed to furthering the positive relationship with the Netherlands at all levels.

Mr. Willem Nicolaas Cosijn, the Dutch Consul-General to Erbil, in his speech said that the celebration in Erbil, bringing together Kurdistan and the Netherlands, was a symbol of their partnership. He said, “The sun is shining over the Kurdistan Region. This is a time of healing, of reconstruction, of hope and of progress”.

He also paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and their families who lost loved ones in the war against ISISو and commended the Peshmerga forces for their bravery.

Mr. Cosijn said, “The Netherlands is committed to supporting Kurdistan Region as it enters a new phase, and has much willingness to deepen the roots of bilateral partnership and working together in various areas, especially in the framework of the international alliance for the reform process in the security sector, while at the same time continuing to assist Kurdistan through providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced persons, developing and rehabilitating the agricultural sector and food security”.

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.