KRG del­e­ga­tion met world diplo­mats in New York

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A high-rank­ing del­e­ga­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) par­tic­i­pated in the 68th Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York on 23 -29 Septem­ber 2013 as part of the Iraqi del­e­ga­tion.

Dur­ing the visit, the Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion, which was led by Falah Mustafa, head of the KRG Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, held a num­ber of meet­ings with for­eign min­is­ters from coun­tries around the world.

Most of the dis­cus­sions cen­tered on the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, the re­cent par­lia­men­tary elec­tion in Kur­dis­tan, and the suc­cess of this cru­cial demo­cratic process.

Other topics in­cluded the sit­u­a­tion in Syria, the con­di­tions in which Syr­ian refugees are liv­ing, and the im­pact of all this on neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. The ma­jor­ity of the diplo­mats who met with the Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the KRG and Iraq for ac­cept­ing huge num­bers of Syr­ian refugees and pro­vid­ing them with as­sis­tance.

Dur­ing the meet­ings, the par­ties re­stated the need for the ex­pan­sion of mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion, and the Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion urged the min­is­ters to es­tab­lish diplo­matic mis­sions for their re­spec­tive na­tions in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and to en­cour­age their busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties to do busi­ness in this boom­ing re­gion.

The del­e­ga­tion met, among oth­ers, Qatari For­eign Min­is­ter Khalid alAt­tiyah. At the meet­ings, the par­ties dis­cussed the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and the up­com­ing Iraqi par­lia­men- tary elec­tions, which are sched­uled for April 2014. The par­ties re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of the elec­tions be­ing staged on time.

The del­e­ga­tion also met the Hun­gar­ian Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, János Martonyi, to dis­cuss the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, es­pe­cially in the fields of agri­cul­ture, wa­ter re­source man­age­ment, and ed­u­ca­tion, with Hun­gary keen to wel­come Iraqi and Kur­dish stu­dents in rec­og­nized Hun­gar­ian ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

The head of the Iraqi del­e­ga­tion, Iraqi For­eign Min­is­ter Hosh­yar Ze­bari, ex­pressed the sup­port of the Iraqi and Kur­dish gov­ern­ments for the es­tab­lish­ing of a Hun­gar­ian diplo­matic mis­sion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and of­fered to as­sist in its foun­da­tion.

For his part, Min­is­ter Martonyi re­it­er­ated his gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing Iraq in fight­ing ter­ror­ism and ter­ror­ist acts.

The Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion also at­tended a meet­ing be­tween the Iraqi del­e­ga­tion and the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­is­ter, Al­mar Mo­ham­e­d­yarove. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of both coun­tries dis­cussed the fa­cil­i­ta­tion of travel be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Czech Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs, Jan Kohout, also met the Iraqi del­e­ga­tion. The busi­ness ties be­tween the two coun­tries were dis­cussed at the meet­ing, at which the Czech rep­re­sen­ta­tive also ex­pressed Czech com­pa­nies’ in­ter­est in do­ing busi­ness in Iraq.

As part of the Iraqi del­e­ga­tion, Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa met with José Manuel Gar­cía-Mar­gallo, the Span­ish Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and Co­op­er­a­tion. The Iraqi del­e­ga­tion thanked the Span­ish Min­is­ter for his coun­try’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the multi-na­tional force tasked with pro­tect­ing the se­cu­rity of Iraq, as well as the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the first Iraq donor con­fer­ence in Madrid.

Min­is­ter Gar­cía-Mar­gallo ex­pressed his coun­try’s will­ing­ness to sup­port Iraq and Span­ish com­pa­nies’ in­ter­est in do­ing busi­ness in the coun­try.

The Iraqi del­e­ga­tion also par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual Arab For­eign Min­is­ters Meet­ing in New York. The meet­ing fo­cused pri­mar­ily on the is­sue of Syria and Pales­tine.

Dur­ing a min­is­te­rial meet­ing re­lat­ing to the sit­u­a­tion in Syria and or­ga­nized by the Jor­da­nian For­eign Min­istry and the Euro­pean Union, Min­is­ter Mustafa de­liv­ered a speech de­tail­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the con­di­tions in which the Syr­ian refugees are liv­ing in the Re­gion. He called for in­ter­na­tional sup­port in de­liv­er­ing aid to the two hun­dred thou­sand plus Syr­ian refugees in Kur­dis­tan.

The Iraqi and Kur­dish del­e­ga­tions also met the Aus­tralian and Ger­man for­eign min­is­ters as well as at­tend­ing other events such as the re­cep­tion for Queen Max­ima of the Nether­lands and the first an­niver­sary of the Global Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive.

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