Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 25 MAY 2019 08:45 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”.

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.