Category Archives: General

The valuable work of the British Council in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

APPG delegations have met the British Council on several occasions over the last 14 years in Erbil. The BC is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and builds connections, understanding and trust between people in … Continue reading

Jack Lopresti MP, APPG Vice-Chair, raised vital vaccine issue in the Commons on 23rd June 2021.

My hon. Friend will be aware that there are a good number of British troops deployed in the Kurdish region in northern Iraq, training the peshmerga in their ongoing military fight with Daesh, and we know that Daesh seeks to … Continue reading

UK supports a strong and successful Kurdistan Region of Iraq within a thriving Iraq

Robert Halfon asked the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) outcome was and (b) implications for bilateral relations is of his recent visit to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq; and if he will make … Continue reading

Advancing animal welfare in the Kurdistan Region

Our Chair, Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, has tabled a Commons motion on Dr Sulaiman Tameer and animal welfare in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The DUP’s Jim Shannon and Labour’s Mohammad Yasin have also backed it. Here is the … Continue reading

Sir John Major was a one-man genocide prevention unit.

Remarks by Karwan Jamal Tahir, KRG High Representative to the UK, at the rally on the 30th anniversary of the safe haven and no-fly zone. Today is a historic day for the United Kingdom’s history and the Kurdish nation’s history; … Continue reading

My Unfinished Business

A personal view from Tom Hardie-Forsyth, a British Army Officer, and former Nato Chairman. As a British Army Captain, arriving in the spring of 1991 in the mountains of Kurdistan, I was greeted by unimaginable suffering – the mud, the … Continue reading

My Remarks at the Rally to Mark Sir John Major’s Safe Haven that saved Kurdistan

The great Irish Poet, Seamus Heaney wrote History says, don’t hope on this side of the grave, but then, once in a lifetime, the longed-for tidal wave of justice rises up and make hope and history rhyme. That opportunity for … Continue reading

Comments by James Thornton, the UK Consul-General in Erbil, at today’s ceremony to name Sir John Major Street.

Good morning. I would like to begin by thanking my friend Safeen Dizayee, the Minister of Municipalities and Tourism and the Governor of Erbil for making this event and wonderful dedication possible. I echo the powerful sentiments expressed by Safeen … Continue reading

Should I Stay or Should I Go. The Safe Haven that saved Kurdistan.

(Newcastle Journal today) Should I Stay Or Should I Go by the Clash topped the charts in March 1991. Three thousand miles away the free world had won the clash with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to liberate Kuwait. British and American … Continue reading

Tourism in a Nation in the Making – the Kurdistan Region

One day, after Covid, many will want to travel again. Here is an article outlining why you should consider the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. Gary Kent Gideon Benedyk outlines the charms of holidaying in Kurdistan London black cabs in Iraqi … Continue reading