By Simon Kent.
Belgium has announced plans to open a consulate in Erbil, capital of the semi autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq.
In a sign of deepening ties between the KRG and Belgium, the central EU nation also announced they would provide hospital treatment for injured Peshmerga soldiers.
The Peshmerga are the armed forces of the Kurdish Regional Government, and have suffered thousands of injured while fighting ISIL.
Currently, a number of nations, notably Canada, the UK and Germany, are focusing military assistance on the Kurdish region. The new consulate is a boost for confidence in the Kurdish region following last year's ISIL offensive, which is ongoing.
(Source: Bas News)