Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 9 DEC 2019 18:06 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: SUN, 17 NOV 2019 08:37
Minister Dizayee meets with Chaldean, Yezidi and Kurdish community in Michigan

Detroit, Michigan, USA - Minister Safeen Dizayee today met with members of the Chaldean, Assyrian and Kurdish community in Michigan to update them on developments in Kurdistan Region and Iraq, as well to reiterate the Kurdistan Regional Government’s commitment to protecting and promoting religious freedom and peaceful coexistence.

Minister Dizayee, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, was in Michigan for a two-day visit at the start of his first official visit to the United States. He was joined by KRG Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman in a meeting that took place on the UN International Day of Tolerance.

At the meeting, hosted on Saturday by the Chaldean Community Foundation, Minister Dizayee said the KRG sympathizes with the protesters in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq and is calling for their demands to be met and for the violence to end. He said changes to the constitution and election law that improve the lives of Iraqis would be welcome but changes should be made with that in mind rather than with a view to undermining the democratic and federal structure of Iraq or the Kurdistan Region’s rights.

Minister Dizayee also addressed the needs of the hundreds of thousands of displaced Yezidis and Christians who are still unable to return to their homes in Nineveh Plain and Sinjar. He praised the spirit of friendship and brotherhood among Kurdistani and Iraqi components, and said that more could be done on all sides to strengthen relations further.


The audience consisted of Chaldeans, Assyrians and Kurds who live in Michigan, as well as some community members from Canada.

On Friday, Minister Dizayee met with Martin Manna, President of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, to discuss strengthening communications between the Chaldean diaspora and the KRG. Later the Minister and his delegation were hosted by the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce at a dinner discussion.

They discussed the investment climate in Kurdistan Region, events in Iraq and neighboring countries and the role of the diaspora in the United States.

Minister Dizayee also had a meeting with representatives of the Yezidi community in Michigan. They discussed the fragile security situation in Sinjar and the lack of services and reconstruction, which is preventing displaced Yezidis from returning to their homes. They also discussed the protests in Iraq and the need for good governance, rule of law and respect for ethnic and religious diversity.

Minister Dizayee will meet the Kurdish community in the Washington, DC area on Sunday before beginning a week of official meetings with the US Administration and Congress.

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.

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 Safeen Dizayee holds round table with EU countries’ diplomats in Erbil

MON, 9 DEC 2019 09:40

Minister Safeen Dizayee, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, on 8 December held a round table meeting with the diplomatic missions of the European Union countries in the Kurdistan Region. The EU diplomats were headed by Mr Vincent-Guillaume Poupeau, the Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, with the Consul Generals of Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria, and Deputy Consul General of France.


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.