Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SUN, 18 AUG 2019 08:21 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: MON, 21 MAY 2018 13:35
Head of DFR participates in the 13th GLOBSEC Bratislava International Security Forum in Slovakia

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), attended the 13th International Security Forum GLOBSEC held 17 – 19 May 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The forum of this year was titled “a determination to make the world a better and safer place”.

Attendees of the conference were foreign and deputy ministers of numerous countries, senior government officials, politicians, as well as experts in foreign affairs, security, defence, energy and technology, and representatives of intellectual institutions, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and media outlets. The conference participants discussed issues related to the most pressing security crises facing the world today such as the threat of terrorist groups, intolerance and inter-state conflicts, possible solutions to conflicts, and the role of global actors.

In his opening speech, the Slovak president, Andrej Kiska, highlighted the threat of “unscrupulous politics” and the need to unite to confront related problems through exercising fundamental norms and international values.

In his remarks, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and The President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, discussed problems facing the world today and the lack of global mechanisms in dealing with them. He also stressed the importance of bilateral cooperation to address these problems and wished for the forum to work as a research laboratory with the aim of detecting solutions to outstanding problems.

 

 

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations held a number of bilateral meetings on the side-lines of the Forum with a number of global stake-holders to discuss a range of issues regarding the latest developments of the Kurdistan Region and beyond, the current political and humanitarian situation, also shedding light on national and regional elections in Iraq.

On the last day of the forum, the President of the GLOBSEC International Conference, Robert Vass, highlighted the importance of dialogue and collective action to prevent and combat international crises including those of the Middle East. He also discussed the effects of new technologies on society, economy and democracy in the world.

During the three-days of the GLOBSEC International Security Forum, which was attended by more than 1200 people, 126 speakers participated in 30 discussion sessions, with 45 closed meetings and 130 bilateral meetings being held among members of the international community.




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