Head of KRG Foreign Relations receives a European Parliament delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – A delegation from the European Parliament today visited the KRG Department of Foreign Relations to discuss recent events as well as cooperation between the European Union and the Kurdistan Regional Government. 

The delegation included Mr. Charles Tannock member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Kurdish Friendship Group of the European Parliament, Mr. David Campbell Bannerman Chair of the Delegation for relations with Iraq and Kurdish Friendship Group of the European Parliament and Ms. Ana Gomes member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and Kurdish Friendship Group of the European Parliament.

Minister Falah Mustafa thanked the European Parliament delegation for their visit to Kurdistan and for their endorsement of the Kurdistan Region. Minister Mustafa and members of the delegation discussed the challenges facing the Kurdistan Region. They exchanged views on the latest advances of Peshmerga forces on the ground, KRG’s efforts in providing humanitarian assistance for around 1.8 million refugees and displaced people and political developments in Iraq and Kurdistan Region.

Minister Mustafa outlined ways in which relations between the EU and the Kurdistan Region can be strengthened. He welcomed the recent opening of the EU Delegation Liaison Office in Erbil and stated that during this challenging time the EU office can play an important role to help the KRG to overcome the current challenges and to support the institutions of the region. “The EU can play an important role in promoting and strengthening the institutions of the region, rule of law, women empowerment and our democratic process,” the Minister added.

Both sides also discussed the atrocities committed against Yezidi Kurds and other components by the ISIS terrorists. Minister Mustafa briefed the delegation on the KRG’s efforts to gain international recognition for the crimes as acts of genocide. The European Parliament delegation expressed their full support for such efforts.

The delegation highly praised the role of the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS and commended KRG’s efforts in caring for over 1.8 million refugees and displaced people. They stressed that the international community has to do more in terms of providing military support for the Peshmerga forces as they have proven to be the most effective force fighting the ISIS terrorists.

The delegation highlighted the importance of having an EU representation office in Kurdistan and hoped that it will bring about further cooperation between the European Union institutions and the institutions of the Kurdistan Region.

Patrick Geysen, Head of the EU Delegation Liaison Office in Erbil and Mr. Delavar Ajgeiy, KRG Representative to the EU also attended the meeting.