Category Archives: General

Minutes of the AGM of the APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

House of Commons. 14 January 2020. Attendance. MPs Robert Halfon Mary Glindon, Jack Lopresti, Steve Reed, Stephen Metcalfe, Toby Perkins, Feryal Clark, Jason McCartney, Philip Hollobone, Alicia Kearns, and Lord Clement-Jones. Also in attendance. Holly Papworth (Robert Halfon). Christine Aird … Continue reading

Questions and answers about UK action in Kurdistan

The UK is committed to the Kurdistan Region according to parliamentary answers provided to APPG Chair Robert Halfon MP, who sought detailed information on bilateral relations with Kurdistan. Middle East minister, Dr Andrew Murrison told Robert Halfon that the UK … Continue reading

New Chair Robert Halfon MP on why Kurdistan matters to UK foreign and security policy

Conflicts in the Middle East matter to all countries that rely on a delicate skein of commerce, including energy. And nor should we be morally apathetic about the scenes on our screens. The best response is to find allies who … Continue reading


The inaugural annual meeting of the APPG will be on Tuesday 14 January at 5pm in the Commons. Open to parliamentarians only.

The election and the APPG

Due to the dissolution of parliament, all APPGs are no longer operating.

The impact of Syrian events on the Kurdistan Region raised in last FCO questions before the election

On the last day of this parliament, Ian Austin MP used his question to the Foreign Secretary to alert the Commons to the impact of events in Syria on the Kurdistan Region. Gary Kent Ian Austin (Dudley North) (Ind) What … Continue reading

Jack Lopresti MP presses government to continue Peshmerga training in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the continuation of the role of British forces in training and equipping Iraqi security forces and Kurdish security forces in the event that the US Administration withdraws … Continue reading

Mary Glindon MP statement on clear and present danger to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

Statement by Mary Glindon MP, the Chair of the APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq The Turkish attack on the largely Kurdish area of northern Syria is a humanitarian disaster and Turkey should withdraw immediately before more innocent people … Continue reading

Bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the UK

APPG Chair Mary Glindon asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to update parliament on its assessment of bilateral relations with the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. The Middle East Minister Dr Andrew Murrison replied on 9 September 2019. “The UK retains … Continue reading

Geography and column inches

The Kurdistan Region in Iraq inevitably faces problems arising from its geography and related political pathologies because it nestles between Turkey, Iran, Arab Iraq, and Syria. Kurds in four enclaves are widely related but the Kurdistan Region is the only … Continue reading