Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
FRI, 6 DEC 2019 16:29 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 23 JUL 2019 10:02
Second Regular Meeting of KRG Council of Ministers


·         Council of Ministers condemns the recent terrorist attack in Erbil

·         KRG’s online presence to be consolidated in a single portal (GOV.KRD)

·         Ministers empowered to slash bureaucracy

·         High-level committees to be established to resolve disputes with Baghdad


Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Presided over by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, the Council of Ministers of Kurdistan Region held its second regular meeting on 22 July 2019.

The Council of Ministers strongly condemned the terrorist attack at a restaurant in Erbil on 17 July 2019. It commended the security forces for their prompt response that led to the capture of the perpetrators. The council also expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

The importance of digital government was reiterated. It was announced that the new KRG portal (GOV.KRD) will serve as a single platform consolidating information from all government bodies. In time, and through a phased programme, GOV.KRD will host and provide e-services to both reduce bureaucracy and ensure a first-rate experience for citizens accessing government services.

Ministers also discussed ways to implement the governmental reform programme as laid out in the first meeting of the Council of Ministers on 15 July. The Prime Minister empowered ministers to issue new regulations as necessary, in order to speed up the processing of applications and paperwork across a range of services; this will ensure fair and timely treatment for all. The Department of Coordination and Follow-up was mandated to ensure these changes were carried out.

Prime Minister Barzani also briefed the Council on his visit to Baghdad last week, during which the rights of the peoples of the Kurdistan Region, as enshrined in the constitution, were discussed in detail. Both sides will soon engage high-level committees to embark on serious dialogue to settle ongoing disputes.

White House hosts Minister Dizayee for meeting on KRG-US partnership
THU, 21 NOV 2019 09:46

Minister Safeen Dizayee and Representative to the US Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman were hosted at the White House today for a meeting with Rob Greenway, the Special Assistant to President Donald Trump and Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa Affairs, as well as staff of the National Security Council.

Minister Dizayee holds first round of Congressional meetings in Washington Washington, DC, USA
WED, 20 NOV 2019 09:10

Minister Dizayee, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, and KRG Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman met in the Senate with Senator Jack Reed, Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee, and Senator Susan Collins, who sits on the Intelligence and Appropriations committees.

Minister Dizayee meets with senior US Administration officials on first day of Washington visit
TUE, 19 NOV 2019 08:15

Washington, DC, USA ( - Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Department of Foreign Relations, conducted a round of meetings on Monday with senior US Administration officials at the State Department and US Agency for International Development.



Head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Safeen Dizayee: Iraqi Constitution not the cause of problems

TUE, 26 NOV 2019 09:33

On Friday, Kurdistan 24 spoke with Safeen Dizayee, Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), at the end of his week-long visit to Washington, his first such trip in that capacity. This is part one of the interview.


Prime Minister Masrour Barzani visits women’s centre on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

MON, 25 NOV 2019 22:34

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today visited a women’s centre which offers shelter and support to victims of violence and domestic abuse.


President Barzani receives US Vice President Mike Pence

SAT, 23 NOV 2019 20:48

His Excellency Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President stated his country’s appreciation for the IKR’s significant role in the fight against ISIS, and praised the IKR for the coexistence, religious and ethnic minorities protection and sheltering refugees and IDPs. He conveyed his and U.S. administration’s gratitude for the Peshmerga and the families of the fallen Peshmargas who lost their lives fighting against terror.


Minister Dizayee ends a productive week in Washington with senior US Administration meetings

SAT, 23 NOV 2019 09:21

Washington, DC, USA ( – The Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Safeen Dizayee, rounded out a productive week in Washington with meetings with senior US officials at the White House and the departments of State, Energy, and Defense.