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China to open Consulate in Erbil

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani today received Mr Tan Banglin, envoy from China's Foreign Ministry appointed to be the first Chinese consul general in the Kurdistan Region. Mr Banglin said that he was very pleased to visit the Kurdistan Region, stating that he has arrived in the Region during this difficult time to express China’s solidarity […]

Japan to set up Office in Erbil

By John Lee. Japan is to set up a temporary diplomatic office in Erbil, to ensure the safety of Japanese residents and visitors in the Kurdish region. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (pictured) said at a press conference: "Japanese residents in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq have temporarily been staying in Erbil where public order is […]

Bulgaria to Open Consulate in Erbil

By John Lee. Bulgaria's government has decided to open a consulate in Erbil, according to a report from Sofia News Agency. In the beginning of 2013, Bulgaria reopened its embassy in Baghdad, which had been closed since 2003. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

Austria to Open Visa Centre in Erbil

The Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, met with Alfred Bratanek, Deputy Head of Mission in the Austrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan along with a joint delegation from the Austrian and Slovenien Foreign ministries, to discuss the opening of a new visa center in Erbil. The Assistant Head of the […]

Kuwait to Open Consulate in Kurdistan

By John Lee. The Kuwaiti Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Ghassan Al-Zawai, met with the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa yesterday to discuss ways of further developing ties with Kurdistan particularly as Kuwait plans to open its Consulate General in Erbil soon. After Kuwait’s decision to open its Consulate General […]

New Head of Romania Consular Office in Erbil

The Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, this week welcomed Mihaita Ena, the new Head of Romania’s Consular Office in Erbil and expressed his hope of seeing more interaction between their two countries. Minister Mustafa congratulated Mr Ena on his appointment and assured him of the Department’s readiness to work closely […]

New Head of Sweden’s Embassy Section Office

The new Head of Sweden’s Embassy Section Office, Jessica Svärdström, met with the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, as part of her introductory meetings since assuming her new role. Ms Svärdström is also the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to Iraq. Siham Jabali, […]

Canada to Open Embassy Office in Erbil

The new Canadian Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Mr Bruno Saccomani, said his country has a six-month plan to strengthen ties with the Kurdistan Region and aims to open an embassy office in Erbil next year. In his meeting with President Masoud Barzani, Ambassador Saccomani announced plans to considerably increase bilateral ties between both sides. […]

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 […]

China to Open Consulate in Erbil

The People's Republic of China is expected to open its first diplomatic mission in the Kurdistan Region by the end of this year. Currently there are 27 foreign and diplomatic representations in Erbil, including four of the five permanent United Nations Security Council members. The opening of a consulate-general was discussed at a meeting today […]

Canada to Establish Diplomatic Presence in Erbil

The Canadian Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Mr Mark Gwozdecky, met with Minister Falah Mustafa yesterday as part of his farewell tour of Kurdistan. Ambassador Gwozdecky has served in his post for over three years. He will return to Ottawa to head the Middle East Bureau at their Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During their meeting, […]

Italy to Upgrade Diplomatic Presence

The newly arrived Italian Consul in Erbil, Dr Carmelo Ficarra, met with Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss ways of building upon his predecessor’s success. Italy has a Consular Office in Erbil, which is due to be upgraded to a fully-fledged Consulate later this year. In welcoming him to Kurdistan, Minister Mustafa encouraged him to use […]