Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 1 JUN 2020 03:29 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 ( – 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.

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.