KRG and UK Discuss Closer Relations

A senior delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations with the UK at a meeting with Britain's Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt.

Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, and Professor Serwan Baban, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, met Mr Burt while visiting the UK to participate in an agriculture conference. They were joined at the meeting by Nawroz Mawlood, Director General at the Kurdistan Board of Investment, and Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the KRG's Representative to the UK.

Mr Burt said he was happy to hear that the agriculture and water resources conference, hosted in London by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and UKTI, was successful.

"We remain deeply impressed with the success of Erbil. That's why we have upgraded our presence at the Erbil Consulate," Mr Burt said. "We want the understanding between us to continue and this conference is an example of that."

Last month Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that a review of Britain's resources in Iraq had confirmed that the Kurdistan Region continued to attract significant interest from British businesses, therefore he had decided to increase staffing levels in Erbil.

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