EU to open office in Erbil
In a meeting with a delegation from the Parliament of the European Union, Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) discussed ways that Kurdistan and EU can strengthen their bilateral ties and said “we are looking forward for closer ties with EU and their support for Iraq to pass this crisis.”
The EU Parliament delegation included Afzal Khan, Vice-Chair of the Subcom- mittee on Security and Defence, Jana Hybášková the Ambassador of the EU in Iraq, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, member of the EU Parliament as well as a number of advisors.
The two sides discussed the latest security and humanitarian developments in the region as well as political issues and relations between KRG and the central government of Iraq.
The EU delegation appreciated the role of the Peshmarga Forces in the fight against ISIS terrorists and also hailed the efforts of the KRG in accepting and accommodating more than 1.5 million refugees and displaced persons from Syria and other parts of Iraq who have fled violence during the past couple years.
Both sides agreed on the importance of the existence of an EU representative office in Kurdistan Region to guarantee efficient delivery and implementation of the EU assistance and aid programs in the region.
Hybášková announced that the EU will open its representative office in Erbil in the near future, aiming at wider cooperation between Kurdistan and EU.
Reiterating the significance of the representative office, Minister Mustafa promised full support of the KRG and the DFR for the opening of the office and helping it achieve its goals.
“EU can play a vital role in the current situation through supporting the Kurdistan Region institutions,” stated Minister Mustafa.