Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SAT, 21 SEP 2019 06:21 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.

Minister Dizayee and Chinese Consul General discuss means of enhancing ties and corporation between Kurdistan Region and China
TUE, 10 SEP 2019 23:16

Minister Dizayee highlighted the importance of economic, scientific, historical and cultural status and peaceful coexistence of China and thanked the Chinese Consulate General in Erbil for advancing bilateral relations between the two countries especially in the scientific and economic fields

New Head of Canada’s Embassy Office Ms Ashley Durec, starts her duties in Kurdistan Region
TUE, 10 SEP 2019 14:51

 Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Safeen Dizayee received Ms Ashley Durec, new Head of Canadian Embassy Office in Kurdista

Minister Dizayee meets Programme Manager at Dialogue Advisory Group for Iraq and Libya projects
TUE, 10 SEP 2019 14:37

Minister Safeen Dizayee Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations met on 10th September with Ms Lahib Higel, Programme Manager at Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG) for Iraq and Libya projects


President Barzani: Iraq and Kurdistan Need More Foreign Investment

THU, 12 SEP 2019 23:17

President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani stressed the importance of attracting more foreign investment to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region

New Head of the European Union's Liaison Office assumes office in Kurdistan Region

THU, 12 SEP 2019 16:48

Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations receives Mr Vincent Guillaume Poupeau, Head of the European Union's Liaison Office in Erbil on assuming his new post to the Kurdistan Region

Minister Dizayee meets Russian Federation Consul General in Kurdistan Region

THU, 12 SEP 2019 16:45

Russian Federation Consul General, Mr Oleg Levin to the Kurdistan Region visited KRG Department of Foreign Relations and was received by Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of DFR

Prime Minister Barzani chairs meeting to discuss government priorities

WED, 11 SEP 2019 19:44

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today chaired a meeting of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to discuss a range of key priorities