Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 17 JUL 2019 16:12 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: FRI, 31 MAY 2019 13:49
Minister Falah Mustafa receives incoming Swiss Ambassador Lukas Gasser and his delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received Ambassador Lukas Gasser, Switzerland’s ambassador to Iraq, resident in Amman, and his accompanying delegation on his first visit to the Kurdistan Region.

Minister Mustafa, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) congratulated Ambassador Gasser on his posting and wished him success in performing his duties.

The Minister said that the DFR stands ready to support Switzerland’s programs and activities in the Region and beyond, and to further their bilateral cooperation in many areas.

He gave a brief on the history of the KRG’s experience of governance, Erbil-Baghdad ties, the needs of refugees and IDPs, recent political developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, developments since the formation of the new Iraqi federal government, and the efforts to form the 9th KRG cabinet.

The Minister also touched on the new KRG  cabinet’s priorities and said that the KRG wants Switzerland and the international community to share their expertise in strengthening federal institutions, with respect for cultural identity, peaceful coexistence and capacity building of women and youth.

Ambassador Gasser congratulated the President-elect of the Kurdistan Region, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani. He said that he came to look more closely at current developments in Kurdistan and the wider region, and to discuss opportunities for joint cooperation and common concerns with the Kurdistan Region.

The delegation included Mr. Hans-Peter Lenz, Head of Crisis Management Center,; Mr. Urs von Arb, Delegate for the Middle East, Swiss State Secretariat for Migration; Mr. Simon Ammann, Regional Coordinator MENA, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; and Ms. Johanna Weidtmann, Political Analyst at the Embassy of Switzerland in Amman. Ms. Siham Mamand, the Assistant Head of the DFR, also attended the meeting.

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.