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Minutes of the AGM of the APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. 15 June 2015.
Present: Jason McCartney, Nadhim Zahawi, Bob Stewart, Fabian Hamilton, Dave Anderson, Mary Glindon, Mike Gapes, Stephen Metcalfe, Lord Clement-Jones and Gary Kent.
Apologies: John Woodcock, Lord Glasman
1 Election of Officers: the following were nominated, accepted and elected.
Chair and registered contact: Jason McCartney
Vice Chair: Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary: Mike Gapes
Treasurer: Tim Clement Jones.
The following were also elected as Vice Chairs: Lord Glasman, Fabian Hamilton, Stephen Metcalfe, John Woodcock, Mary Glindon, Dave Anderson, Lord Trimble, Baroness Hodgson, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, and Lord Bew.
2 Gary Kent was confirmed as Director of the APPG.
3 The following remit was agreed: ‘To promote friendship and understanding between the people of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and the UK and to encourage the development of democratic institutions in the Kurdistan Region as part of the democratic and federal process in the rest of Iraq.’
4 Future programme and priorities
a We agreed to organise briefing meeting on 6/7 July with Angus McKee, UK Consul-General in Kurdistan and Karwan Tahir, KRG High Representative in the UK.
b Gary Kent to organise delegation to Kurdistan in September or November.
c Visas: we agreed to establish the facts of the current situation.
d We agreed to recruit 50 members this year.
e We agreed to encourage and support the establishment of an APPG on the UK in the Kurdistani Parliament.
The public enquiry point is Gary Kent. c/o Dave Anderson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, 02072195013 or firstname.lastname@example.org