Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 15 OCT 2018 18:57 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: THU, 24 MAY 2018 09:56
MOSCOW – Head of KRG DFR meets with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – By invitation from the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa,  Mikhail Bogdanov, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations with his accompanying delegation paid an official visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on 22 May, 2018.

Head of DFR, Minister Mustafa expressed his deep appreciation for the kind invitation and described the exchange of views as a good opportunity to furthering the existing bilateral relations.  The Minister highlighted the close bond between Kurdistan Region and the Russian Federation; he also thanked the Russian Consulate General in the Region and the Russian Embassy in Baghdad for their efforts in enhancing and deepening the bilateral ties.

During the course of the meeting, Minister Mustafa provided the Deputy Foreign Minister with a brief overview over the latest political developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the wider region in general. Then, he touched upon the active participation of the Kurdistan Region in the most recent Iraqi Parliamentary Elections and in the formation process of the new cabinet according to the Iraqi constitution.


The Minister also added that the Kurdistan Region is committed to cooperation on the basis of the Iraqi Constitution, dialogue and mutual understanding between Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government of Iraq. Minister emphasized that Kurdistan Region has vigorously worked to defend its rights, moving forward, we need continued support from our partners in the International Community.

Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, expressed his pleasure for the visit and the prosperous partnership between the people of Kurdistan and the Russian Federation. He also welcomed the decision made by Kurdistan Region to participate in the elections of Iraqi Council of Representatives and contribute to efforts of improvement in regards to relations between Erbil and Baghdad. The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister reiterated his country’s determination to continue to further strengthen the existing strong bilateral relations.

The Deputy Foreign Minister additionally emphasized that the normalization of relations between Erbil and Baghdad provides both sides with significant advantages. At the same time, stability throughout the country is also important for Russia and the work of Russian companies in the Kurdistan Region and throughout Iraq, Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov added.

The two sides exchanged views on topics of mutual interest to promote peace, stability and prosperity at the regional and global levels, including political and economic affairs, and in the fields of commerce, culture and education. They also reaffirmed their common aspiration to deepen and enhance their bilateral cooperation.

KRG Representative in Poland attends Lech Walesa’ 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize
THU, 4 OCT 2018 23:37

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Ziyad Raoof KRG Representative in Poland together with a large group of guests from Poland and abroad attended a solemn celebration of Lech Walesa 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of receiving Nobel Peace Prize On Saturday, September 29.

Head of DFR welcomes incoming Yemeni Ambassador to Iraq
WED, 3 OCT 2018 11:20

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – In his first visit to the Kurdistan Region, the new Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the Republic of Iraq, Alkhadar Ahmed Ali Marmash visited the Foreign Relations Department and met with Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations.

KRG UK Representative attends Labour Party conference in Liverpool
TUE, 2 OCT 2018 12:01

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The KRG High Representative to the United Kingdom, Karwan Jamal Tahir accompanied by Khasro Ajgayi, political and media directorate and The Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), Gary Kent, attended fringe meeting organized in conjunction with the Centre for Kurdish Progress at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.



New Serbian Ambassador to Iraq pledges commitment to boost relations with Kurdistan Region

THU, 11 OCT 2018 11:34

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Uroš Balov, visited the Foreign Relations Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government and was welcomed by the Head of the KRG Department of the Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, and the Assistant Head, Siham Mamand to discuss recent parliamentary elections, the latest political developments, the government formation process and Erbil-Baghdad relations.


KRG High Representative to the UK attends the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham

TUE, 9 OCT 2018 12:05

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( - A delegation of the KRG High Representation to the United Kingdom led by the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, Karwan Jamal Tahir attended the Conservative Conference to observe its proceedings, met new and old friends and diplomats from many countries in Birmingham, London, United Kingdom.


Prime Minister Barzani congratulates Nadia Murad

FRI, 5 OCT 2018 13:36

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( - Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani sent a congratulatory message to Ms. Nadia Murad on the occasion of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.


Minister Falah Mustafa Attends Day of German Unity Reception

THU, 4 OCT 2018 23:40

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – 3rd October 2018 The Head of the KRG DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa, attended a celebration hosted by the German Consulate General that marked Germany’s Day of Unity. In attendance were also other KRG Officials, members of Parliament, representatives of political parties, diplomats, Peshmerga Officials and German Forces based in Erbil.