Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz, received Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa and his accompanying delegation on Friday.
During the meeting, which was attended by KRG Representative to Austria, Both sides spoke in detail of the latest military developments in the fight against ISIS, the difficulties facing the Kurdistan Region in caring for 1.8 million refugees and displaced people as well as Erbil-Baghdad ties.
Minister Kurz reiterated the commitment of the government of Austria to continue its humanitarian support for the refugees and displaced people in the Region. The Minister praised the role of Peshmergas in the fight against ISIS and expressed the readiness of his government to provide medical treatment for the wounded Peshmergas.
Both Ministers expressed their satisfaction regarding the development of bilateral relations and explored ways to further strengthen ties in various fields. They agreed that the opening of Austria’s representation office in Erbil will lead to further cultural, political and economic ties between Austria and Kurdistan.
The meeting was followed by a joint press conference where both ministers responded to questions from reporters.
During his official visit to Austria, Minister Mustafa also met with the Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee at the Austrian Parliament, Josef Cap. They exchanged views on the latest military, humanitarian as well as political developments in Kurdistan and the wider Region.