Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 25 MAY 2019 08:43 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 13 NOV 2018 14:14
Head of DFR participates at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy 2018 discussion on “Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East”

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – During his working visit to Austria on 8 November 2018, Minister Falah Mustafa the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) participated, as a keynote speaker, in the discussion panel of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. This year’s discussion highlighted the political developments and issues related to the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East.

Minister Mustafa alongside with the Professor Thomas Row, Head of History Faculty at the Diplomatic Academy and Dr. Gudrun Harrer, former Special Envoy of the European Union to Iraq clarified KRG visions on the recent developments of the Region and beyond and government formations of Erbil and Baghdad.

in the margins of the discussions, which were also attended by Ghanim Fadhil Hasan KAABI, first Secretary of the Iraqi Embassy and Dr Mustafa Ramazan, the KRG Representative to Austria, with a number of students, academics and graduates of the Vienna Diplomacy Academy, Minister Mustafa presented a historical overview of the Kurdistan Region and expressed the willingness of the KR in addressing outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad under the constitutional framework and said “We need to look forward to the future and want to solve the disputes between Erbil and Bagdad by participating all parties in the political process in Bagdad with our partners there”.


He emphasized that the next KRG cabinet will look forward to work on the reform agenda, to improve services for its citizens and to safeguard the diversity and peaceful coexistence of all ethnic and religious groups that make up the fabric of the Kurdistan Region, also to remain KR an efficient and solidity value community, worldwide relevant. He also referred to the complexities of the worldwide humanitarian crises, at the same time ways and solutions in nurturing existing infrastructure and institutions to prevent further migration to the Western countries.

On relations with the neighbor countries, he touched on ties with the Iraq and Iran, and also the Iraq and Turkey, saying that it’s natural for them to have good relations and hopes to deepen cooperation.

To conclude, Minister Mustafa answered questions on the internal Kurdistan politics and the vacancy of the KRI presidency as well as the Iraqi government formation and remaining vacancies.

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.