The newly arrived Italian Consul in Erbil, Dr Carmelo Ficarra, met with Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss ways of building upon his predecessor’s success.
Italy has a Consular Office in Erbil, which is due to be upgraded to a fully-fledged Consulate later this year.
In welcoming him to Kurdistan, Minister Mustafa encouraged him to use their presence in Erbil and the KRG Representation in Italy to promote political, economic and cultural ties. He added that the KRG places much importance on its ties with Italy as part of its efforts to enhance ties with the international community at large.
During the meeting, the two sides also touched on the political developments in Iraq, including the recent visit by President Masoud Barzani to Baghdad and his meetings with senior government and political representatives.
Dr Ficarra said that he was looking forward to beginning his tenure in Kurdistan and reaffirmed Italy’s support its political process and ongoing prosperity.
Minister Mustafa expressed his appreciation to Italy’s former diplomat in Erbil, Dr Simone De Santi, and assured Dr Ficarra of his strong support.