The new US Consul General in the Kurdistan Region, Mr Joseph Pennington, met with the KRG's Head of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa as part of his introductory meetings.
He was accompanied by the outgoing Consul General, Mr Paul Sutphin, and the Head of Political/Economic Section at the US Consulate General in Erbil, Mr Stephen Gee.
During their meeting, the two sides discussed the growing relationship between Kurdistan and the United States of America. Minister Mustafa said that the recent announcement of the new consular section in their Consulate General in Erbil would help further strengthen ties.
The US Consulate General in Erbil began issuing visas for tourism, business, work and study on 25th June.
They also touched on ways of expanding existing relations, including political, economic and cultural ties.
Minister Mustafa expressed his appreciation for the personal efforts and contributions of Mr Paul Sutphin in broadening ties between both sides. He assured Mr Pennington the support and assistance of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations to ensure his tenure in Erbil is successful.