Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
TUE, 18 JUN 2019 04:18 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: THU, 20 DEC 2018 13:42
Japan’s Consular Office hosts a reception to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( – The Consular Office of Japan to the Kurdistan Region hosted a reception in Erbil on the 18th of December 2018 to celebrate the 85th birthday of 125th Emperor of Japan. The reception was attended by a number of senior Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials, Diplomatic corps, members of Parliament and the Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, Naofumi Hashimoto.


The Head of the Consular Office of Japan to the Kurdistan Region, Katsumi Moriyasu delivered the opening speech in the Kurdish language, welcomed guests and said: “2018 was a year of improving relations between Japan and the Kurdistan Region, and we look forward to further strengthening our ties in years coming”.

Japanese Consul Moriyasu highlighted on Japanese assistance extended in all parts of the Region and referred to Japan’s plans and programs for the future. He also stressed on his country’s continued support to solve outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.


The Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa delivered a speech and thanked the Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, and the Head of the Consular Office to the Kurdistan for hosting the 85th birthday celebration for His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

Minister Mustafa expressed his appreciation to Japan for their cooperation and commitment to Kurdistan throughout the years. He also praised the active role of the Consular Office of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the Region in promoting capacity building for crisis management and supporting developing countries through regional initiatives.


The Head of DFR thanked the people and government of Japan for providing humanitarian assistance to IDPs and refugees.   He praised Japan on its innovations and technological advancements in the fields of recycling, transport, and android robots,  and highlighted that the Kurdistan Region can benefit from Japan’s progress.


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.



Minister Falah Mustafa receives incoming Swiss Ambassador Lukas Gasser and his delegation

FRI, 31 MAY 2019 13:49

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received Ambassador Lukas Gasser, Switzerland’s ambassador to Iraq, resident in Amman, and his accompanying delegation on his first visit to the Kurdistan Region.


Assistant Head of DFR Siham Mamand meets Czech Consul General to Kurdistan Region

FRI, 31 MAY 2019 12:03

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Ms. Siham Mamand, Assistant Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), had a good exchange of views on May 30th with Mr. Michal Svoboda, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Erbil.


Minister Falah Mustafa meets outgoing Belgian Ambassador Hendrik Velde

THU, 30 MAY 2019 10:39

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa received on May 28th Ambassador Hendrik Van de Velde, Belgium’s envoy to Jordan and Iraq, to bid him farewell as his tenure in the region comes to an end.

Minister Falah Mustafa meets EU Ambassador to Iraq, Ramon Blecua

WED, 29 MAY 2019 20:15

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Minister Falah Mustafa met with the European Union's Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Ramon Blecua and discussed the role of the EU in promoting security and peace and humanitarian assistance for refugees and displaced persons in the liberated areas.