US to Build New Erbil Consulate

Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG's Department of Foreign Relations, has signed an agreement with the US Consul General in Erbil, Mr Joseph Pennington, paving the way for the construction of the US Consulate General.

Minister Mustafa signed on behalf of the KRG and expressed his belief that this agreement would strengthen the already existing strong relationship.

He said:

"We have a special and historical relationship with the United States of America as previously expressed by the leadership on both sides, and I am confident that this move will begin a new phase in our relationship."

The agreement follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between both governments in July last year for the allocation of land. The US Consulate is currently in a large rented compound in Erbil. The new compound will be more permanent.

Mr Pennington said that this was an important milestone in US-Iraqi relations, and especially with the Kurdistan Regional Government and the people of the Region. He said that the new Consulate General compound would demonstrate America's long-term commitment to promote and expand ties between the American people and the people of Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

Both officials also discussed the developments in Iraq as a whole, Syria and the region more generally.

The delegation accompanying Mr Pennington included Mr Marco Sims, Management Officer. The meeting was also attended by Assistant Head of DFR, Ms Siham Jabali and other officials from the DFR.

(Source: KRG)

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