EU to open of­fice in Er­bil

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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