The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Head of Foreign Relations last week in Stockholm re-inaugurated the KRG Representation and had follow-up discussions with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Members of Parliament.
At the inauguration ceremony Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir was joined by several officials from Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Relations Mr Karwan Jamal, and the new KRG Representative Mr Herish Khola.
Minister Bakir said that the opening reflected the growing and historical relationship between Sweden and the Kurdistan Region. “We are thankful to the Swedish people and authorities for embracing our people in times of need,” he said.
He also expressed his appreciation to the former KRG representative, Mr Taha Barwary, for his efforts. Mr Barwary later served as the KRG Minister of Sports and Youth.
Sweden is one of Iraq’s largest European trading partners and has several projects in Kurdistan, including a technical automotive institute. In the Kurdistan Region, Sweden has an Embassy Section Office as well as representation from the Swedish Trade Council.
Mr Robert Rydberg, Head of the MENA Department of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “This representation will help further strengthen the already strong relationship between Sweden and the Kurdistan Region.” He also commented on the troubling news from Iraq over the past two days.