Minutes of general meeting of the APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. Tuesday 13 September 2016. W2.
Attendance – Parliamentarians. Mary Glindon, Jack Lopresti, Jason McCartney, Stephen Metcalfe, Bob Stewart, Nadhim Zahawi.
Also in attendance: Gary Kent (Director), Karwan Jamal Tahir and Khasro Ajgayi (KRG), Dlawer Al Al’Aldeen (Middle East Research Institute, Meri) and observer for Jonathan Djanogly MP.
Apologies. Lord Clement Jones, Lady Hodgson
1 Meeting agreed to add Jack Lopresti as a Vice-Chair.
2 Meeting approved the Income and Expenditure statement for the period of the reporting year from 15 June 2015 to 14 June 2016.*
3 Gary Kent updated APPG on plans for delegation in November 2016.
4 KRG High Representative Karwan Jamal Tahir briefed the group on the current situation in the Kurdistan Region. Conclusions included seeking a Westminster Hall debate on British support for the Peshmerga and the KRG, pressing the government to supply free beds for the most seriously injured Peshmerga in Birmingham, and the need for a visit by the KRG President and/or Prime Minister.
5 Dlawer Al Al’Aldeen briefed the APPG on the work of Meri and the current situation including the debate about how to liberate and then govern Mosul.
* This shows nil subscriptions, trading income, interest or other but receipt of monetary benefit and expenditure on employment costs for the Secretariat of £58,000 from Petoil Chia Surkh Ltd, and benefits in kind for the November 2015 delegation to the Kurdistan Region – £18,001-19,500 from Qaiwan Group for travel, and £9,001-10,500 from the Kurdistan Regional Government for hotels and internal travel.