Posted on August 10, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Economy, Politics
Falah Mustafa Bakir, director of the foreign relations department for the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. Photo: NRT
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— The head of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations, Falah Mustafa, told reporters on Tuesday that senior KRG officials are discussing which representative offices abroad are necessary to remain open.
Mustafa said the KRG does not need representative offices in countries which have not assisted the Kurdistan Region.
The foreign relations statement come after the head of the KRG representative office in Moscow said the office there was shut down due to the economic crisis.
The KRG’s representative in Moscow, Aso Jangi Burhan on Monday said that his office had received no funds for eleven months and was facing closure.
Mustafa said “Today, the U.S., Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union and France are needed for us,” Mustafa said. “These are the countries which come first in our rating … We will study others seriously.”
The Kurdistan Region’s Presidency and the KRG Presidency can make on decision on closing representative offices, the KRG official said. The Head of the KRG representative offices cannot make such a decision, he added.
“If we cannot contribute a budget [for the offices] we must come to a decision regarding them,” Mustafa said.
The foreign relations statement said in a statement that there is no plan for closing international offices, “but there might be some changes in the activities, composition, number of staff and locations of the offices.”
Nazim Dabagh, the head of the KRG representative office in Tehran, said earlier that the office there may have to close as well over the economic crisis.
The KRG has 14 foreign representative offices in Germany, Italy, America, Iran, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Russia, Poland, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland.