Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 30 MAR 2020 23:33 Erbil, GMT +3
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:33:47

Safeen Muhsin Dizayee, Minister, Head of Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Minister Safeen Dizayee

Safeen Muhsin Dizayee, 

Minister, Head of Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Safeen Dizayee serves as the top diplomat of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s 9th Cabinet, after being named as the head of the Department of the Foreign Relations in July of 2019.  He was the chief of staff to the prime minister and the spokesperson of the KRG in the 7th & 8th Cabinet.  Prior to that, he served as minister of Education of KRG’s 6th Cabinet from 2009 to 2012. 

Mr. Dizayee is a member of the Leadership Council of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the leading Political Party in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In 1999, he was elected to the Central Committee KDP and headed of KDP’s International Relations Office from 2005 to 2009.

Mr. Dizayee started his diplomatic career in 1992, when he was appointed as KDP’s Representative in Ankara, Turkey, a position he held until 2003.  After the toppling of Baath regime in Iraq in 2003, he was the second deputy to KDP’s leader, Masoud Barzani, as a member of the Iraqi Governing Council under the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), in Baghdad.

Born in Erbil in 1963, his family had to leave Iraq for political reasons and migrated to the United Kingdom when he was in the secondary school. He graduated from Maidenhead College of Art and Design, studying interior design.

From 1980 to 1989, he was an active member of the Kurdistan Students Society in Europe (KSSE), and later elected as a Secretariat member and the Head of the UK Branch of the KSSE.

He speaks Kurdish, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and English languages.