KRG Foreign Minister meets Catalan Director of Foreign Relations

Barcelona, Spain (– Minister Falah Mustafa met with Ms. Marina Falco, Director of Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Catalan Government  to discuss establishing bilateral relation.

During the meeting Minister Mustafa gave an overview of the history of the Kurdistan Region, as well as the financial, humanitarian and security challenges facing the KRG. The Minister also highlighted KRG’s views on post ISIS Iraq and Kurdistan’s decision to conduct a referendum on independence.

Both sides exchanged views on areas of potential cooperation between Catalonia and Kurdistan, and expressed their interest in building a long-term partnership in areas of tourism, sport, agriculture, women empowerment, and capacity building programs.

Ms. Falco emphasized that the Catalan government recognizes the important role played by the KRG in restoring regional stability and the war on ISIS. She expressed her government’s willingness to cooperate with KRG in different fields.

Both sides agreed to prepare a memorandum of understanding as a stepping stone in building and broadening bilateral cooperation.

The KRG Representative to Spain Mr. Daban Shadala also attended the meeting.

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