Bulgaria to Open Consulate in Erbil

The Head of Trade and Economic Section of Republic of Bulgaria in Erbil, Mr. Dimitar Ougrinov, today met with the KRG Head of Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss bilateral ties and the latest developments.

Mr. Ougrinov announced that Bulgaria places great importance on enhancing relations with the Kurdistan Region and stated that the opening of the Bulgarian Consulate General in Erbil in 2015 will serve as a stepping stone to broaden and strengthen the existing cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and Bulgaria.

Minister Mustafa welcomed the announcement and hoped that the opening of the consulate general would establish further bridges of cooperation and collaboration between the governments, people, and business community of both sides.

During the meeting both sides spoke in detail of potential areas of cooperation and expressed their government’s desire to broaden political, economical, educational, and cultural ties.

Both sides also discussed the security and humanitarian situation in Kurdistan and the wider region.

Mr. Ougrinov said:

International community should appreciate the role of Kurdistan Region and its Peshmerga forces in fighting against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on behalf of the free world.

“The Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces are fighting for the right cause. I am sure they will succeed and defeat ISIS.”

Minister Mustafa briefed Mr. Ougrinov on the security developments and the humanitarian conditions and the needs of refugees and displaced people in the Kurdistan Region.

(Source: KRG)

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