The Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Sumith Nakandala, has visited the Kurdistan Region and met with the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss a wide range of issues including ways of enhancing bilateral relations.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Head of the DFR, Karwan Jamal and the Assistant Head of the DFR, Siham Jabali.
During the meeting, Ambassador Nakandala spoke about the stability and security that Kurdistan currently enjoys and said, ‘We would like to improve relations with the Kurdistan Region in a number of areas’. The Ambassador also highlighted the Sri Lankan Minister of Trade’s upcoming visit to Kurdistan and Iraq as an opportunity to enhance these economic relations.
Minister Mustafa welcomed the steps taken by Sri Lanka which will help benefit the Kurdistan Region, adding that not only is the Kurdistan Region considered the gateway to the rest of Iraq, but it also has many opportunities for work and investment in the economic and human capacity development sectors.
Both sides also discussed the latest political developments in Kurdistan as well as Iraq as a whole, with Minister Mustafa briefing the Ambassador on the forthcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections and ongoing cabinet formation process in the Kurdistan Regional Government.
He went on to discuss the KRG’s strategies to further development and cited industry, agriculture and tourism as the current sectors that the KRG has prioritised.