Sweden’s Minister of Trade and Ambassador to Iraq today, 18 April, concluded a three day visit to Kurdistan to officially open an Embassy Section Office and a Swedish Trade Council Office in the Region’s capital Erbil.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new offices this morning Sweden’s Minister of Trade Ms Ewa Björling said, “Today I’m very proud of the inauguration of these two new offices, the Section Office for our embassy here in Iraq, and the Swedish Trade Council Office here. This is something that I promised a lot of Swedes, and certainly those with Kurdish origin back in 2005, and finally it is fulfilled.”
Speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa said, “The KRG welcomes this step, and we believe it is an important one for further consolidating and strengthening the relationship that has already existed for a long time.”
Minister Mustafa went on to congratulate and welcome Ms Louise Calais and Mr Roland Sosei as the Head of the Embassy Section Office and the Swedish Trade Council Office respectively, and assured them that the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the Department of Foreign Relations in particular, stand ready to work closely with them and assist them in their missions.
“We are pleased to have Sweden be one of the 24 countries that have a foreign representation here in the Region, as these show the importance that the international community places on the safe and secure environment of the Region and the welcoming attitude of the KRG and our people,” he said.
Sweden’s Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Carl Magnus Nesser, highlighted the Kurdistan Region’s dynamic economy and fascinating political standing, and he brought attention to the close links that Sweden has long held with Kurdistan.