Ukrainian Foreign Minister Visits Kurdistan Region

Foreign Minister Kostyantyn invited the President and the Prime Minister to pay an official visit to the Ukraine.

Mr Kostyantyn also met the KRG’s Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa. Minister Mustafa briefed the Foreign Minister on the Kurdish uprising in 1991, the economic and political developments since 2003, and the commitment of the Kurdish people to establishing democratic institutions.

Both sides discussed the possibility of opening a Ukrainian consulate in Erbil. Minister Mustafa said, “The KRG has an open door policy and we will be pleased to have a Ukrainian consulate opened in Erbil.” He encouraged Ukrainian companies to use the Kurdistan Region as a gateway to all of the Iraqi market.

Mr Kostyantyn said that Ukraine is also working on facilitating the visa process for citizens of the Kurdistan Region and Iraqis. He expressed his pleasure at being able to visit Kurdistan and was impressed with the Region's achievements.

After their meeting Mr Kostyantyn and Mr Mustafa held a press conference where he highlighted the main issues discussed on his visit and Ukraine's plans to strengthen relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

As well as several company representatives, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister’s delegation included foreign ministry officials and Ukraine’s Charge D’Affaires in Iraq Mr Marynets Anatolyi. His visit was the first by a Ukrainian minister to the Kurdistan Region.

The meeting with President Barzani was also attended by Minister Falah Mustafa and the Iraqi Ambassador to the Ukraine, Shorsh Khalid Said. The meeting with Prime Minister Barzani was attended by Minister for the Interior Karim Sinjari, Minister Falah Mustafa, the Chairman of the Investment Board Minister Herish Muharam, Minister for Planning Dr Ali Sindi, Minister for Trade and Industry Sinan Celebi, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Dr Serwan Baban, the KRG Spokesman Safeen Dizayee, and Ambassador Said. The delegation were given a tour of Erbil Citadel during their visit.

(Source: KRG)

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