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The KRG’s foreign relations

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) believes in strong alliances with democracies and in maintaining excellent relations with our neighbours. We have a policy of maintaining good foreign ties through continuous dialogue and exchanges. 

For decades the people of the Kurdistan Region were deliberately isolated from the world under the repressive policies of previous Iraqi governments, and especially under Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath regime. Since 2003, the KRG has ensured that we are full participants in the international community by forging closer foreign ties. This policy is led by the KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations. 

The Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), headed by Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, works closely with the federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to further the activities of the country and the Region abroad. 

The DFR in Erbil is the main point of contact for the foreign consulates and embassy offices in Erbil. The DFR’s protocol teams provide information and practical assistance for politicians, diplomats, trade representatives, foreign media and international organisations who wish to visit or learn more about the Kurdistan Region. Contact the DFR at dfr@krg.org

The DFR also oversees the KRG’s offices abroad. More information about the DFR is available on the DFR website . 

KRG representations worldwide 

The KRG has representations in Australia, Belgium (for the EU), France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, the UK and the USA, which maintain ties with the governments, parliaments, public and Kurdish communities in their respective countries. For a list of our representations abroad and contact details, please see the main Department of Foreign Relations of Kurdistan Regional Government website.


Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir - Head of the Department of Foreign Relations