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Polish Foreign Minister Inaugurates Consulate in Erbil

The Foreign Minister of Poland was joined by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Bulgaria to officially inaugurate the new Polish consulate office in Erbil today. The plans to establish a presence in the Kurdistan Region were announced last year by Poland’s Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Stanislaw Smolen, and were […]

Slovakia Considers Opening Local Representation in Erbil

The Kurdistan Regional Government's Head of Foreign Relations on Wednesday received Slovakia's Ambassador to Iraq, Miloslav Nad, to discuss the upcoming establishment of a Slovakian representative in Erbil. “The Government of the Republic of Slovakia is committed to further strengthen its relations with Kurdistan Regional Government,” said the Ambassador. He highlighted the development and progress […]

Sweden to Open Trade Offices in Kurdistan

AKnews reports that Sweden is planning to open trade offices in Erbil, as well as an institute to help Iraqis address unemployment, in an attempt to broaden trade relations with both the region and Iraq. The announcement came in a press conference for the Swedish Trade Minister Eva Björling who is in Erbil on a visit. […]

Bulgaria to Reopen Baghdad Embassy, and Launch Erbil Consulate

Bulgaria plans to reopen its embassy in Baghdad and open a new consulate in Erbil this year, according to AKnews. The announcement was made during a meeting between Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov during a recent trip to Bulgaria. Bulgaria's embassy in Baghdad was closed in 2003. In a […]

Sweden Enhances Presence in Iraqi Kurdistan

In an effort to enhance cooperation and trade relations with the Kurdistan Region, the Swedish Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Mr Göran Hägglund, visited the region with a business delegation this week. During his visit, Sweden announced that it will upgrade its diplomatic presence from an honorary consulate to an Embassy Office. The visit […]

Palestinian Authority Opens Consulate in Kurdistan

This week the Palestinian Authority became the 22nd country to establish a diplomatic representation in the Kurdistan Region. The Consulate General will be headed by Ambassador Nazmi Hazouri, and will join the other countries that have already established a strong presence in the region with Consulate Generals. Ambassador Hazouri, who arrived in the region in […]

Australia Plans Consulate in Basra

Australia is planning to open a consulate in the oil-rich province of Basra in order to boost Australian-Iraqi business relations in the area, according to a report from AKnews. Australia's Ambassador to Iraq, Lyndall Sachs (pictured), is currently visiting Basra to examine the possibilities for a consulate, as well as for an airline connection. "This […]

Sweden to Open Embassy Office in Erbil

The KRG’s Head of Foreign Relations in Erbil met Sweden’s Ambassador to Iraq, who announced that Sweden will upgrade its diplomatic presence in Kurdistan to an Embassy Office. The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir received H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser and his delegation. The ambassador said that the Swedish government has decided to […]

New German Consul General Begins Mission in Erbil

Mr Rolf Ulrich, the new Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kurdistan Region, was received today by the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir. In welcoming Mr Ulrich to the Kurdistan Region, Minister Bakir assured him that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stands ready to extend […]

US Consulate General opens in Erbil

US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides yesterday opened the United States Consulate General in Erbil. He was joined at the ceremony by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, Prime Minister Barham Salih, Speaker of Parliament Dr Kamal Kirkuki and other KRG and American senior officials. The solid relationship that the Kurdistan Region has maintained with […]

US Opens New Consulate in Basra

The United States opened a consulate Tuesday in Basra, the first such diplomatic presence in the southern Iraqi city in more than four decades; the last U.S. consulate in Basra closed in 1967. The new consulate comes days after the United States handed over three joint security stations in southern Iraq to Iraqi authorities as […]

Kuwait to Open Consulates in Erbil and Basra

Kuwait will open consulates in Erbil and Basra in the next few days in an effort to increase the country’s investment in the regions, the Kuwaiti Embassy in Baghdad said today. Kuwait's ambassador to Iraq Ali al-Muamman said: "Kuwait is working to expand diplomatic and economic relations with Iraq by opening consulates in various Iraqi […]