At the end of their visit to the Kurdistan Region, the ministers joined Prime Minister Barzani to officially open the new premises of the Polish Consulate in Erbil. Minister Sikorski said, “As the Foreign Minister of Poland, we are proud of having helped all of Iraq’s people to get rid of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, as well as our cooperation with Bulgaria in providing security in Iraq. Today we are proud that we are able to open a consulate in Erbil.”
Sweden already has an Embassy Section Office in the Kurdistan Region, and Bulgaria has expressed some interest in opening a representation as well.
The three foreign ministers were accompanied by the ambassadors of their respective countries to Iraq: Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser of Sweden, Ambassador Stanisław Smoleń of Poland and Ambassador Valeri Ratchev of Bulgaria, as well as Ambassador Jana Hybashkova, the Head of the EU Delegation to Baghdad, and a number of other senior officials.
The KRG were also represented in the meeting by the KRG Deputy Prime Minister, Imad Ahmad; the KRG Minister for the Interior, Karim Sinjari; the KRG Minister of Natural Resources, Dr Ashti Hawrami; the KRG Minister of Higher Education, Dr Ali Saeed; the Chief of Staff to the President of the Kurdistan Region, Dr Fuad Hussein; the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa; and the Head of the KRG Board of Investment, Minister Herish Muharam.