KRG Deputy Prime Minister held a virtual meeting with All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region

London, United Kingdom (  The Kurdistan Regional Government United Kingdom Representation facilitated a virtual meeting for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region with the KRG’s Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and its Head of Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Safeen Muhsin Dizayee to exchange views on many issues relating to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region thanked the KRG UK Representation for hosting the meeting and ensuring continuity in collaborative development between the United Kingdom and the Kurdistan Region.  He was joined by MPs Jack Lopresti and Feryal Clark and the APPG Secretary Gary Kent.

The meeting was also joined by the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir where he welcomed all and focused primarily on the challenges of COVID-19. He said: “In light of the situation, we have been extremely grateful for facilitating the first APPG on the Kurdistan Region’s virtual meeting this year with the KRG officials and think-tanks to follow up on developments in the Kurdistan Region.”

KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani underlined the phases of the pandemic and severe economic strain from COVID-19. He acknowledged the need for international cooperation and response in dealing with the crisis. The Deputy Prime Minister also raised concerns on the ISIS operations and the need for collective efforts in defeating it. On KRG relations with Iraq, the Deputy Prime Minister shared the KRG’s willingness to address all issues of disputes with Bagdad through peaceful means.

The Head of DFR, Minister Safeen Muhsin Dizayee expressed his appreciation for the APPG’s active role in supporting the Kurdistan Region and highlighted the desperate humanitarian situation. Minister Safeen called on the APPG to further encourage the UK’s collaboration in security, trade, education and culture.

The meeting concluded by debating issues on KRG-UK bilateral relations for the forthcoming APPG Report on its virtual delegation.

14 July 2020