Alistair Burt, the UK’s Foreign Office Minister responsible for the Middle East, on Thursday met President Masoud Barzani in Erbil. During his visit, an agreement was made to extend the British National School of Government’s training programme in Kurdistan, and the Kurdistan Regional Government allocated land for the British Consulate’s permanent residences.
Minister Burt on Wednesday evening arrived from Baghdad for a two-day visit to the Kurdistan Region. In his meeting with President Barzani, both sides reiterated their commitment to a long-term relationship. He thanked President Barzani for the allocation of land for the Consulate General.
They discussed relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the UK, political developments in Iraq, events in Syria and the greater region. They also touched on the British companies operating in Kurdistan.
At a ceremony, Minister Falah Mustafa, the KRG’s Head of Foreign Relations, presented a letter to Minister Burt confirming that land has been formally allocated for the permanent premises of the British Consulate General. Minister Burt said, “This ceremony celebrates, in a very material way, the long-term relationship that the KRG has with the United Kingdom and what we plan to have.”
Minister Mustafa commented, “We are pleased to hear the reiteration from the United Kingdom for a long-term relationship. The size and scope of their Consulate General in Erbil has grown considerably in recent years, which symbolises the opportunities that our region provides.”