Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: SUN, 12 FEB 2012 15:04
Philippines Charge d’Affaires discusses establishing ties with Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The newly appointed Philippines Charge d’Affaires to Iraq, Mr Marlowe A. Miranda, Saturday met with Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, to discuss the reopening of their embassy in Baghdad and a potential presence in Erbil.

In his first visit to the Kurdistan Region, Chargé Miranda, who heads the Philippines’ new embassy, said he was very pleased to see the progress the Region is making. “We are looking forward to establishing a very productive relationship with the Kurdistan Regional Government, and we are interested in establishing a presence in Kurdistan,” he said.

The Chargé’s visit was following up on a visit to the Region by the Philippines’ Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs in September 2011, and he went on to say that the Republic of the Philippines plans to soon appoint an honorary consul in Erbil, which they anticipate will eventually be upgraded to a consulate general.

Minister Mustafa commended the Philippines’ decision to reengage in Iraq and said, “We welcome your decision to reestablish your presence in Baghdad – it shows strength, goodwill and determination.” Minister Mustafa also welcomed the possibility of opening an honorary consulate in Erbil and said the KRG will be ready to assist in this endeavour.

The embassy was reopened on November 15th 2011, and the Philippines government plans to appoint an ambassador in the near future. The government of the Philippines has also highlighted the security and stability of the Kurdistan Region in its recent travel reports.

The two sides also stressed the importance of establishing a legal mechanism to manage and regulate visitors from the Philippines, and discussed the peaceful and active Filipino community in Kurdistan. Mr. Miranda said, ‘Our community is sincerely enjoying their time in Kurdistan, and I assure you we have not had any complaints about their treatment.’ He added that those present in the region feel a deep bond with the Kurdish people.

Mr. Miranda was accompanied to the meeting by Ms. Lagrimas Ligeralbe, a representative of the Filipino community in Kurdistan.

Kurdistan – honouring the fallen and building a bright future
THU, 10 APR 2014 11:59

London, UK ( – This week, for the first time, a British foreign office minister joined survivors, eye-witnesses and the Kurdish community in London, to honour the victims of Anfal, a campaign which formed part of a wider, decades-long repression of Iraqi Kurds.

Head of the DFR welcomes new Norwegian Ambassador
THU, 3 APR 2014 12:43

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq - ( – Today, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, and the Assistant Head of the DFR, Ms. Siham Jabali, received the new Norwegian Ambassador to Iraq, Ms. Sissel Breie to discuss ways of bolstering the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and Norway.

Head of DFR briefs Middle East Institute delegation
TUE, 1 APR 2014 23:20

A delegation from the Middle East Institute, an American think tank, visited the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Department of Foreign Relations where they met with the Head of the DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa, and the Assistant Head of the DFR, Siham Jabali. 


KRG Minister calls for Kurdistan-UK partnership to grow

FRI, 18 APR 2014 00:56

London, UK ( - Britain and Kurdistan Region have a partnership that should be nurtured, was the message of Kurdistan Regional Government Minister Falah Mustafa during an official visit to the UK last week.

Kurdistan welcomes British business, KRG officials tell trade association members

FRI, 18 APR 2014 00:31

London, UK ( - The Kurdistan Region is open for business and British companies are welcomed, Kurdish officials told members of British Expertise, a leading trade association at a seminar last week.

Minister Mustafa calls on British parliamentarians to go with Kurdistan on its journey towards democracy

FRI, 18 APR 2014 00:29

London, UK ( - Kurdistan Regional Government Minister Falah Mustafa ‎told members of the British parliament that Kurdistan is an ally with a nascent democracy that Britain should continue to support.

Bulgaria determined to solidify their presence in Kurdistan

MON, 14 APR 2014 17:01

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq - ( – The Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy, Krassin Dimitrov, visited the KRG Department of Foreign Relations today to brief officials about his visit to Kurdistan. He is leading a delegation comprised of officials from both the public and private sectors visiting Kurdistan.