Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 1 JUN 2020 02:42 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: WED, 31 DEC 2014 07:07
China’s Vice Foreign Minister opens Consulate General in his first trip to Kurdistan

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Iraq ( – In the presence of Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, China’s Vice Foreign Minister, Zhang Ming, officially opened China’s consulate general in Erbil today.

Prime Minister Barzani in his speech applauded the decision of the government of China to open its consulate general in Erbil. He said, “Opening the consulate general of the People’s Republic of China in the Kurdistan Region is the first step towards building mutually beneficial relations. This will provide a great opportunity for both sides to explore areas of potential cooperation. The opening of this office will help us to benefit from the rich and successful experience of China in all fields.”

Prime Minister Barzani also thanked China for providing humanitarian assistance to the Kurdistan Region and hoped that the opening of this office would result in further humanitarian aid as well as military assistance in the fight against terrorism.

Vice Foreign Minister Ming in his speech thanked the KRG for the assistance provided in the opening of China’s consulate general. He said, “The opening of our consulate general in Erbil expresses our strong support for the political process in Iraq. It is a sign of our strong desire to further deepen and strengthen our bilateral ties with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in various fields.”

Mr Ming commended the role of the KRG in preserving the stability of the region and voiced the willingness of the Chinese government to contribute to this stability and to provide further humanitarian assistance.

Commenting on the opening ceremony of China’s consulate general in Erbil, Minister Falah Mustafa stated, “This is the beginning of a new chapter in an important, mutually beneficial relationship that will benefit the people and the government of both China and the Kurdistan Region.”

Mr. Banglin, China’s Consul General, said that China is eager to develop its relations with Kurdistan Region and take part in this development, particularly in the infrastructural, economic, commercial and cultural domains.

The opening ceremony was attended by senior KRG officials, China’s ambassador to Iraq, members of the diplomatic community, as well as representative of Chinese companies in the Kurdistan Region.

Head of DFR receives a phone call from the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq Affairs at the State Department
MON, 13 APR 2020 23:22

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (http://DFR.GOV.KRD) –  Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) today received a phone call from Mr David Copley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq Affairs at the U.S. Department of State’s Near Eastern Affairs bureau.

118 citizens from Mosul and Kirkuk who were in Saudi Arabia for Umrah safely returned home
MON, 13 APR 2020 22:21

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (DFR.GOV.KRD) –  The KRG Department of Foreign Relations coordinated with the Iraqi Federal Foreign Ministry, under the directive of the Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, to help 118 citizens from Mosul and Kirkuk stranded who are in Saudi Arabia for Umrah due to the Coronavirus pandemic safely return home through Erbil International Airport. They returned directly to Mosul and Kirkuk by bus.

A statement by the Head of DFR on the 29th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 688
MON, 6 APR 2020 18:47

This pivotal resolution called on the former Iraqi regime to end violent repression of its citizens, especially the people of Iraqi Kurdistan. In immediate response to this resolution, a dozen countries formed a coalition to provide security and humanitarian assistance to citizens from Iraqi Kurdistan who fled to neighboring countries.



139 Kurdistani citizens from Sweden and 84 others from Emirates safely returns home

FRI, 15 MAY 2020 22:26

The processes of repatriating Kurdistani citizens are coordinated between the KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations and the Iraqi Federal Foreign Affairs Ministry with the KRG’s Representation in Sweden; the KRG Representation in Baghdad; the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Embassy in Iraq and the and the Iraqi Airways.


Prime Minister Barzani chairs cabinet meeting, calls for constitutional solution to problems with Baghdad

WED, 13 MAY 2020 22:53

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani chaired a cabinet meeting in Erbil on Wednesday to discuss economic conditions in the Kurdistan Region and outstanding problems with the federal government.


Head of DFR holds an online video interview with Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)

SUN, 19 APR 2020 15:49

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (http://DFR.GOV.KRD) – Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations held an informative and extensive online video interview with Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) in an ongoing series of online video calls with Iraqi ministers, business leaders, and diplomates. The call was attended by over 37 members.


A group of Kurdistani citizens safely returns home from Germany and the UK

SAT, 18 APR 2020 11:28

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (http://DFR.GOV.KRD) –  Under the directives of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani, a number of Kurdish citizens stranded abroad due to the suspension of air traffic have safely returned home to the Kurdistan Region. The exact numbers count 107 people from Germany and 163 from the United Kingdom.