The Department of Foreign Relations has hosted a meeting for the Kurdistan Region’s diplomatic corps, providing them with the first update since the region's elections on the political, economic and security developments both in Kurdistan as well as Iraq.
The Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, welcomed the diplomats and thanked them for the role they have played in the Kurdistan Region. He said, ‘I would like to reiterate that the doors of DFR are open anytime and we will do all that we can to ensure that you succeed in your mission.’
The meeting, the first since the parliamentary elections in September, set out to cover a wide range of topics. ‘There are a number of areas in which we can cooperate; political, economic, cultural, educational, as well as social,' said Minister Mustafa. 'All these areas help build bridges between governments as well as their people.’
Minister Mustafa said the running of the elections ‘was another milestone of political success in the region, as we were able to carry out the elections without any problems and the results were accepted'. He encouraged the diplomats to continue supporting KRG’s political process as they have done through election monitoring to ensure transparency and legitimacy as Kurdistan and Iraq continue their journey of consolidating democracy.
The minister also discussed the Kurdistan Regional Government 's policy of having friendly relations with all its neighbors includes the energy cooperation with Turkey that is set out to benefit all parties equally. “The KRG has no hidden agenda. The revenues from oil exports will go into Iraq’s national treasury,” Mr Mustafa said.