Mr Khola underlined importance of the office: “Our mission is to increase our political, economic and cultural ties and foster our mutual understanding.”
The inauguration bought together diplomats based in Stockholm and officials from the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm, including Ambassador Dr. Hussain M. Al-Ameri, who congratulated the Kurdish people and said that the representation will further advance the country’s culture and history.
Minister Bakir later made a courtesy call to the Iraqi embassy.
During his three-day official visit Minister Bakir had follow-up discussions from his visit in January this year.
He met with Mr Björn Lyrwall, the Director-General for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss Iraq’s political crisis. Mr Lyrwall visited the Kurdistan Region last month to meet with key Kurdish officials and discuss ways out of the current political stalemate in Iraq.
Both sides underlined the need for the international community and Sweden, as an EU member state, to support the democratic process in Iraq.
Minister Bakir spoke of President Masoud Barzani’s ongoing consultations with the Kurdish political parties and representatives from Iraq’s parliament and federal government. He said, “We are concerned with the direction the country is heading, and we have conveyed our strong reservations to our partners in the Iraqi political process.”
“The leadership is consulting our representatives from Baghdad to resolve the political deadlock and press the Federal Government to implement our previous agreements.”