Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 25 MAY 2019 08:42 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: SAT, 9 FEB 2019 20:16
UNHCR organizes workshop on “enhancing the protection space for refugees and asylum seekers in the Kurdistan Region”

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Iraq in collaboration with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR)  concluded a one  workshop on “enhancing the protection space for refugees and asylum seekers in the Kurdistan Region” on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

Staff members participate in the workshop, which focused on improving coordination between the UNHCR and KRG relevant institutions of the Judicial Council, Ministry of Justice and Interior for further strengthening collaboration and expanding the protection space for refugees and asylum seekers in the Kurdistan Region. In addition to exchange views on protecting displaced persons and mechanisms of the international and national laws according to the international agreement.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Bruno Geddo, UNHCR Representative to Iraq delivered the welcoming address and thanked KRG for their harmonizing with the UNHCR especially the Foreign Relations Department for arranging this workshop. He also emphasized on highlighted the situations of refugees and IDPs in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq denote to improvements in living conditions and the protection of their rights.

UNHCR Representative, Geddo expressed his appreciation to the KRG institutions for their continued support and assistance to the displaced persons regardless of the hardness they faced with the economic crisis and military interventions over the past years. He also stressed the importance of working together and joint efforts of all parties to overcome the difficulties of the internally displaced persons and Syrian refugees in the region and beyond.

In his remark, Minister Falah Mustafa thanked UNHCR for organizing the workshop and hoped to see continued cooperation. He underlined the significance of mutual cooperation in finding the appropriate approach to the outstanding issues and making an effective solution to the problems as well as promoting an efficient mechanism for the implementation.

Minister reaffirmed KRG’scommitment in respect of the domestic and international legal measures to address the issues and problems of asylum seekers and to secure the rights and basic needs of refugees in the Kurdistan Region. He also stated that the Kurdistan Region has always been a safe haven in a warm embrace for IDPs, refugees and different components for its security and political situation despite the difficult times of facing economic crises and fighting against ISIS terrorists.

In conclusion, Minister Mustafa expressed his prospect that this workshop becomes an opportunity to gain a better understanding and the common cooperation among the sides.

The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates to the participants.

Minister Falah Mustafa meets Japan’s Head of Consular Office, Mr. Katsumi Moriyasu
SUN, 19 MAY 2019 22:57

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – in the course of round meetings on Saturday, May 18th with the diplomatic missions in Kurdistan Region, Minister Falah Mustafa met with Mr. Katsumi Moriyasu, Head of the Consular Office of Japan in Erbil.

Minister Falah Mustafa holds productive meeting with European countries’ heads of diplomatic missions
SUN, 19 MAY 2019 22:14

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – for the purpose of discussing current important issues and developments in Kurdistan Region and Iraq, Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) held a productive meeting in the presence of Ms. Clarisse Pasztory, Head of EU Liaison Office in Erbil, with the attendance of Consul General and Representatives of the United Kingdom, Republic of France, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Republic of Czech, Republic of Hungary, Hellenic Republic, Consular Agency and Commercial Offices of the Republic of Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

U.S. will continue to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation with Kurdistan Region
SUN, 19 MAY 2019 22:11

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The United States’ Consul General to Kurdistan Region, Mr. Steven Fagin and his accompanying delegation visited the KRG Department of Foreign Relations and were received by Minister Falah Mustafa on Saturday, May 18th.



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.


Prime Minister Barzani receives U.S. Consul General

MON, 20 MAY 2019 22:10

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received U.S. Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Steven Fagin and his accompanying delegation.