Former UK PM Opens British Consulate General in Erbil

Speaking to the students about the recent demonstrations in the Kurdistan Region, Sir John said, “It took we British 700 years to produce the democratic system that we have today. It cannot be achieved in a matter of weeks, or months, or even years; the important thing is that you progress towards it, and that Kurdistan is emphatically doing.” He continued, “The history of my own country, means that we understand very clearly how challenging it is to build and develop political systems that will endure. But, it is crucial that governments will meet the aspirations of their nations — the future of the country depends upon it. And, the most encouraging aspect that I see when I visit here now is that it is being achieved through dialogue and through debate.”

Sir John and his delegation met several other ministers and officials including Acting Deputy Prime Minister Karim Sinjari, Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Trade and Industry Sinan Chalabi, Safeen Dizayee the Education Minister, Dr Fuad Hussein, the President’s Chief of Staff, Falah Mustafa Bakir, Minister in charge of foreign relations, Herish Muharam, chairman of the Investment Board, Governor of Erbil Nawzad Hadi, and Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the KRG’s UK Representative.

He also met Iraq's First Lady Mrs Hero Talabani, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Dr Roj Nuri Shawis, and the Deputy President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Kosrat Rasul Ali.

Sir John also met with former Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani whom he had met in London and spoke over the phone with Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani.

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