Jordan’s Ambassador to Iraq Mohammad Taisir Masadeh last week met President Masoud Barzani, Prime Minister Barham Salih and ministers in Erbil to assess the latest developments and pave the way for a Jordanian consulate to open soon in the Kurdish capital.
President Barzani and Ambassador Taisir discussed strengthening cooperation and coordination between the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) and Jordan's institutions. He said, “It is for this reason that the new Consul General of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Mr Fayiz Farhan Khouri, has begun his work in the Kurdistan Region.” He added that the new Consulate General would be officially opened in the near future.
The King of Jordan’s decision to open a consulate general and post Mr Khouri in the region makes it only the second Arab nation to appoint a diplomat to the Kurdistan Region
Ambassador Taisir conveyed greetings from King Abdullah to the President, and they discussed the latest political developments in Iraq, the situation in the Middle East overall, and the KRG’s relations with Baghdad.
Prime Minister Barham Salih in his meeting with the ambassador emphasised the need to continue strengthening the relationship with Jordan and gave particular attention to the areas of the economy, commerce and investment.
Meeting with the ambassador later in the week, the KRG Head of the Department of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir commented on the long history between the Kurdistan Region and the Kingdom of Jordan and assured Mr Taisir that his department was eager to assist in the further development of the relationship.
In addition to encouraging Jordan’s involvement in regional trade shows and business forums, Mr Bakir and the ambassador also discussed establishing cultural and educational exchange programmes.
Ambassador Taisir also met the KRG Minister for the Interior Karim Sinjari to discuss the current security and political situation.