Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 14 OCT 2019 02:30 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: WED, 7 NOV 2012 12:53
Minister Falah Mustafa: Kurdish unity in Syria is of paramount importance

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq - ( – The Swedish Special Envoy to the Syrian Opposition, Ambassador Jan Thesleff, met with Minister Falah Mustafa today to share and exchange thoughts on the ongoing crises in Syria.

Ambassador Thesleff was appointed by the Swedish Government almost a year ago to spearhead discussions with the Syrian National Council. This is his first visit to the Kurdistan Region.

Speaking about ongoing talks in foreign capitals, Ambassador Thesleff said his government and the international community were following the events closely. He also said that the regime in Syria ‘thrives on divisions’ amongst the opposition.

During his visit he also visited the Domiz refugee camp set up in Duhok Governorate for those fleeing the violence in Syria. Commenting on the services being provided by the KRG, he said: “The visit allowed me to see firsthand the excellent arrangements that you are making for the Syrian refugees.”

Latest figures suggest there are over 500 refugees arriving on daily basis.

Minister Mustafa stressed on the importance of sharing the experience of the Kurds in Iraq with the Syrian National Council and those representing the Kurdish communities, pressuring the international community for more meaningful engagement, and in providing assistance to the refugees taking shelter in Kurdistan.

“We have tried to share our own experiences with the Syrian opposition, including a cohesive vision for the future,” said Minister Mustafa.

He added that the removal of the previous regime in Iraq is a living example of what could happen to the regime in Syria. He said, “We want to a see a democratic and representative government in Damascus, and the opposition must take into consideration the recognition, rights and future of all the minority groups.”

The two sides exchanged thoughts and ideas about how the international community could further engage in the process, and on bilateral ties between Sweden and Kurdistan.

The meeting was attended by Ms Louise Calais, Head of the Swedish Embassy Office in Erbil, and Miss Siham Mamand, Assistant Head of DFR.

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives Greek delegation
SUN, 29 SEP 2019 21:06

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today received the Greek Ambassador to Iraq, Leonidas Kontovounesios and Consul-General of the Hellenic Republic to Erbil, Efthymios Costopoulos.

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives the Qatari Ambassador to Iraq
SUN, 29 SEP 2019 21:01

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with the Ambassador of Qatar to Iraq, Khalid bin Hamad al-Sulaiti.

Minister Safeen Dizayee attends UN General Assembly
FRI, 27 SEP 2019 22:57

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Representing the Kurdistan Regional Government, Minister Safeen Dizayee attended the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly as part of the Iraqi delegation led by Iraqi President Barham Salih.



KRG Statement on developments in Northeastern Syria

TUE, 8 OCT 2019 22:21

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – The Kurdistan Regional Government is deeply concerned by the United States’ decision to withdraw from the safe zone in northeastern Syria and by reports of a potential unilateral military operation by Turkey. The government calls on Turkey, as a member of the Global Coalition, to avoid any initiative that would undermine the progress made against ISIS, including jeopardising the secure detention of terrorist fighters.


Minister Safeen Dizayee meets with Korean Ambassador to Iraq

TUE, 1 OCT 2019 21:11

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations received on 1st October South Korean Ambassador Jang Kyung-wook to Iraq, accompanied by Consul General CHOI-Kwang Jin in Erbil.


Minister Dizayee looks forward to more economic cooperation at China’s 70th anniversary celebration of founding of the People's Republic

MON, 30 SEP 2019 23:07

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of Kurdistan’s Department of Foreign Relations on 30 September made a speech at the celebration in Erbil for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He attended the Chinese Consulate General’s reception together with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, and Mr. Ni-Ruchi, the Chinese Consul General in Erbil.


Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Erbil

SUN, 29 SEP 2019 21:09

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today received the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Erbil, Ni-Ruchi.