Monthly Archives: October 2020

APPG Chair Robert Halfon MP tables Commons motion summarising findings of recent virtual delegation

That this House notes reports from the APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq on a virtual delegation to meet Kurdistani leaders; fully acknowledges the crucial role of the Peshmerga in resisting the so-called Islamic State, that Kurdistan’s model of … Continue reading

APPG Chair Robert Halfon raises issue of attack on Kurdistani party and flag in Baghdad with UK minister

Question from Robert Halfon MP To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken in response to the burning on 17 October 2020 in Baghdad of a Kurdish party office and … Continue reading

APPG Chair Robert Halfon MP condemns attack in Baghdad on Kurdistani party and flag

The APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq completely condemns the attack on a Kurdistani political party office in Baghdad and the desecration of the Kurdistani flag, sadly while Iraqi security forces watched but failed to intervene. The Kurdistani political … Continue reading

The case for the UK Foreign Secretary going to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

Thanks to Jack Lopresti MP, an APPG member, for his written parliamentary question below. It’s good that there are such conversations but recent reports from the APPG suggest that it is time for the Foreign Secretary to visit Kurdistan in … Continue reading

Let’s remember our allies

We are anxiously consumed by Covid at home but its impact on our old allies abroad also affects us. Covid is tearing the economic guts out of oil-producing countries such as the Kurdistan Region in Iraq because global business and … Continue reading

Joint statement by parliamentary participants in APPG virtual delegation to Kurdistan Region in Iraq. October 2020.

Covid has exposed the accumulated flaws of Kurdistan, as it has more widely, but more British political, public, and private engagement can help equip it for the future for the mutual benefit of its people and UK interests. Covid is … Continue reading

Zooming into Kurdistan. Report by Robert Halfon MP and Gary Kent of an APPG Virtual Delegation.

This is the conclusion of a longer report by APPG Chair Rt Hon Robert Halfon and APPG Secretary, Gary Kent. The full report can be found at Zooming into Kurdistan Robert Halfon and Gary Kent PDF Initial APPG delegations heard … Continue reading