Hun­gary opens Gen­eral Con­sulate in Er­bil and signs MoU with KRG

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A high level Hun­gar­ian del­e­ga­tion headed by Mr István Mikola, State Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade, ar­rived in Er­bil on Tues­day, Novem­ber 11, 2014, to of­fi­cially open the Gen­eral Con­sulate of Hun­gary and to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral ties with the Kur­dish lead­er­ship as well as sign an MoU with the KRG.

Mr István Mikola's del­e­ga­tion in­cluded Tamás Vargha, State Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of De­fense, Réka Sze­merkenyi, Se­nior In­ter­na­tional and En­ergy Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor to Hun­gary’s Prime Min­istry and sev­eral other of­fi­cials and business lead­ers.

Dur­ing the two-day visit, the Hun­gar­ian del­e­ga­tion held meet­ings with Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani, Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani, KRG Min­is­ter for Pesh­merga Af­fairs, Mustafa Saiyd Qadir, KRG Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Ashti Hawrami, and the Head of Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa.

At the open­ing of the Con­sula­tel, Mr Mikola said, “The Gov­ern­ment of Hun­gary has de­cided to lay a new foun­da­tion for its for­eign pol­icy. This new pol­icy pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to the coun­tries of the Mid­dle East, to Iraq, and within Iraq to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.”

“When many for­eign­ers were con­sid­er­ing leav­ing Kur­dis­tan, we de­cided to stay and ex­pand our pres­ence in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. We have made the right decision be­cause the heroic Pesh­merga forces have been able to re­pel the ISIS at­tacks and to pre­serve the se­cu­rity of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion,” he added.

Com­mend­ing the role of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in re­gional sta­bil­ity, Mr Mikola said, “Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has be­come the lead­ing force of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against ISIS and a safe haven for hun­dreds of thou­sands of refuges and IDPs who are flee­ing ISIS bar­barism.”

Mr Mikola re­it­er­ated the strong de­sire of the Hun­gar­ian gov­ern­ment to fur­ther strengthen bi­lat­eral ties with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. He said, “Hun­gary will be your strong and re­li­able part­ner. The Gen­eral Con­sul has got clear in­struc­tions from Hun­gary; he has to make ev­ery ef­fort to broaden the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in all fields.”

Speak­ing on be­half of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, Min­is­ter Mustafa com­mended the decision of the gov­ern­ment of Hun­gary to open its Gen­eral Con­sulate in Er­bil. He said, “With the open­ing of this of­fice, we are en­ter­ing a new phase in our re­la­tions. It is a great step for­ward and will cer­tainly en­hance re­la­tions be­tween the Kur­dis­tan and Hun­gary.”

He as­sured the Hun­gar­ian del­e­ga­tion that Hun­gary’s mis­sion in Kur­dis­tan will re­ceive full support from the KRG.

The open­ing cer­e­mony was also at­tended by se­nior KRG of­fi­cials as well as Hun­gary’s Am­bas­sador to Bagh­dad, Ti­bor Szat­mari, and Hun­gary’s Gen­eral Con­sul in Er­bil, Cs­aba Vezekenyi.

The Hun­gar­ian del­e­ga­tion con­cluded its visit to Kur­dis­tan by sign­ing a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the KRG. The MoU out­lines ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal con­sul­ta­tion, arche­ol­ogy, en­ergy, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, tourism, and higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Hun­gary is the 31st na­tion to open a diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

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