The KRG’s Head of Foreign Relations recently received Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Economy, Mr Tigran Harutyunyan, and his delegation who were on a four-day visit to the Kurdistan Region.
Deputy Minister Harutyunyan, who has visited the Kurdistan Region before, said that the aim of his visit is to further develop ties between Kurdistan and Armenia.
Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, the Head of the KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations, welcomed the delegation on behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government and said, “We have seen a commitment by both sides to further develop relations and the KRG is dedicated to solidifying this relationship. I hope that in the near future Armenia opens a diplomatic representation in Kurdistan, to be able to increase political, economic and social relations as well as developing cultural and educational exchanges that benefit both sides.”
They recalled the tragic past that both nations suffered, and Minister Mustafa informed Mr Harutyunyan about the KRG’s path to successful development. This includes the passage of investor-friendly laws in Kurdistan, opening up to the international community and helping establish Kurdistan as a gateway to the rest of Iraq.
Deputy Minister Harutyunyan said that Armenian companies are very interested in investing in Kurdistan, possibly by partnering with companies already based here. He was hopeful of Armenia opening a diplomatic representative office in Kurdistan, but said that discussions on the details remain ongoing within the Armenian government. The people of Kurdistan could benefit from Armenia’s universities and educational facilities, he said, and he emphasized the importance of building relations between not only the leaders but also between the people.
Minister Mustafa highlighted Kurdistan’s safety and stability as key to economic progress and said that the KRG has earmarked agriculture, industry and tourism for development.
Mr Harutyunyan was accompanied by Member of Parliament Mr Manvel Badeyan, Armenia’s Ambassador to Iraq Mr Murad Muradian, and business representatives. Several officials from the KRG Department of Foreign Relations also attended the meeting.