New KRG Rep­re­sen­ta­tive be­gins her mis­sion in the United States

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Bayan Sami Ab­dul Rah­man be­gan her mis­sion as the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United States of Amer­ica.

Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa, Head of the Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, con­grat­u­lated Ms. Ab­dul Rah­man on her new post and met the staff of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Wash­ing­ton DC.

Min­is­ter Mustafa re­it­er­ated the sig­nif­i­cance of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's re­la­tions with the United States. He said, “This Rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Wash­ing­ton is a crit­i­cal post. We will con­tinue to foster our long-term, strate­gic part­ner­ship with the United States.”

He high­lighted the role of Qubad Tal­a­bani, who was KRG rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United States be­fore tak­ing the post of KRG Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

Ms. Ab­dul Rah­man said, “It is an hon­our to be ap­pointed to this post. The job is made eas­ier by know­ing there is a good team al­ready in place. I look for­ward to work­ing to­gether to bring the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and Amer­ica closer to each other.”

Min­is­ter Mustafa and Ms. Ab­dul Rah­man also met Luk­man Faily, Iraq's Am­bas­sador to Wash­ing­ton.

Am­bas­sador Faily ex­pressed his will­ing­ness to work and co­op­er­ate with the KRG Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. They dis­cussed cur­rent Iraqi is­sues and re­la­tions with the United States.

The United States has pro­vided mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to Iraq and Kur­dis­tan, fol­low­ing at­tacks by the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion, known as ISIS, last sum­mer. The Pesh­merga forces, backed by US-led coali­tion air strikes, have re­taken much of the ter­ri­to­ries seized by the ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion last Au­gust. A large num­ber of civil­ians, among them Christian and Yezidi Kur­dish mi­nori­ties, fled ISIS vi­o­lent re­pres­sion and took refuge in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Min­is­ter Mustafa and Ms. Ab­dul Rah­man will meet US of­fi­cials, mem­bers of Congress and the me­dia this week.

Ms. Ab­dul Rah­man is tran­si­tion­ing from her post as the KRG Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United King­dom, where she founded the of­fice and served 10 years. Prior to her ser­vice in the KRG, she spent 17 years in jour­nal­ism, in­clud­ing as a re­porter for the Fi­nan­cial Times.

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