Westminster Hall debate on “The Relationship between the UK and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq”
News : 2/7/2024
United Kingdom, London, www.uk.gov.krd. Karwan Jamal Tahir,
KRG High Representative to the United Kingdom, attended a Westminster Hall
debate on KRI-UK relations. The High Representative extended his gratitude to
Jack Lopresti MP, Chairman of the APPG for Kurdistan Region, for securing and
leading the debate and motion.
This was an important cross-bench debate, attended by
Ministerial representatives from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development
Office, Leo Docherty MP, and Shadow Minister for the Middle East, Wayne David
The debate covered the significant historical relationship
between KRI-UK and the importance of continued bilateral relations; the
dignities who took part were keen to debate the challenges facing the Kurdistan
Region from external factors as well as internal tensions with Baghdad and what
the UK can and should be doing in support.
As the wider region faces growing threats and coalition
forces come under regular attack within KRI borders from Iranian-backed
militias, as well as attacks on Kurdistan Region civilian targets, MP’s and
Lords agreed on the importance of Western forces remaining in the country, with
agreement from Baghdad.
It is reassuring that all those who took part in the
Westminster Debate agree on the importance of further strengthening the ties
between the two nations for mutual benefit and regional stability.
7th February 24