Monthly Archives: January 2021

Praising our diplomats in Kurdistan

The UK Consulate-General in Erbil is a vital interface in bilateral relations between the UK and the Kurdistan Region as an arm of British diplomacy and in conveying Kurdistani views to the UK government. Our diplomats regularly meet a wide … Continue reading

Can the UN do more to help resolve Erbil/Baghdad disputes?

APPG Chair Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP asked the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Minister “what assessment he has made of the potential role of the UN in assisting the federal and regional governments of Iraq to support (a) resolution … Continue reading

Jack Lopresti MP highlights UK aid to the Peshmerga

APPG member Jack Lopresti MP, who has been our Chair and has joined several delegations to the Kurdistan Region, has tabled a written question asking the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness … Continue reading

Lord (Ian) Austin highlights British opportunities in Kurdistan’s tourism and film sectors.

Lord Austin of Dudley, who joined the delegation to observe the referendum in 2017, has asked the UK’s Department of Culture, Media, and Sport what assessment they have made of whether there are new opportunities for British companies in (1) … Continue reading

APPG Chair urges urgent UN action on Erbil/Baghdad relations

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the APPG, today raised the issue of Kurdistan/Iraq relations in the Commons. He said “Covid is bankrupting Iraq and the Kurdistan region. A stalled budget deal between Erbil and Baghdad is bleeding … Continue reading

APPG Chair puts official UK trade mission to the Kurdistan Region on ministerial agenda

APPG Chair, Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, today asked the Trade Ministry the following question. “The recent report from the all-party group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, which I chair, identifies opportunities for British bodies in energy, solar power, … Continue reading

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

APPG Chair, Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP asked the FCDO Minister for his assessment of the implications for his policies of his visit to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. The Minister for the Middle East, Rt Hon James Cleverly replied … Continue reading