The new Turkish Consul General in Erbil, Mr Mehmet Akif Inam, met with Minister Falah Mustafa as part of his courtesy calls with senior government officials.
He previously served as a Counsellor in the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC. He replaces his predecessor, Mr Aydin Selcen.
In welcoming him to his post in Erbil, Minister Mustafa reaffirmed the KRG commitment to the ‘strategic relationship’ between Kurdistan Region and Turkey, and expressed readiness and support to his tenure.
Minister Mustafa said, ‘We are in the process of further strengthening this relationship. This is an important relationship for this region and there are many areas of cooperation for us, including in the political, economic and cultural spheres.”
‘We have laid the foundation, but there is room for more. We can work together in the interest of peace and stability in the greater region,’ he added. He also underlined the need to build institutional ties and further promote people-to-people relations.
Conveying regards and wishes from his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Inam said: ‘I cannot find words to describe our relationship. The trend we have is amazing and is something we can showcase to the rest of the world.’
The new Consul General also acknowledged the efforts of their representation in Erbil to help with visa matters and in facilitating the growth of ties between both sides. He said, ‘We must continue this trend and raise the bars.’
The two sides also spoke about the political developments in Kurdistan Region and the contributions Turkish companies are making in the economic growth.
Mr Inam was accompanied by outgoing Vice Consul of the Turkish Consulate General, Mr Cafer Asik. The Head of Turkish Desk at the Department of Foreign Relations, Dr Abdulsalam Ismail, also attended the meeting.