The External Relations and Diaspora Committee of the Kurdistan Parliament and the APPG on the Kurdistan Region have met formally for the first time on Zoom in a new bid to deepen and widen bilateral relations.
The unique meeting started with comments from Dr. Rebwar Babkayi MP, Chair of the Kurdistan Committee, and APPG Chair, Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP.
The two MPs were joined by 7 other parliamentarians, the KRG’s High Representative to the UK and the Representation’s Director of Political Affairs, Karwan Jamal Tahir and Khasro Ajgayi respectively, parliamentary aides, and APPG Secretary, Gary Kent.
They discussed the recent reports of the APPG’s virtual delegation to Kurdistan. The Chair of the Kurdistan Committee agreed to raise the APPG recommendations with the relevant authorities in Kurdistan while the APPG is seeking to do the same in the UK.
The meeting agreed that the Kurdistan Region currently faces many serious economic, health, and security challenges for which British engagement and expertise is particularly needed.
The APPG and the Committee also discussed how to improve relations between our respective parliaments. The APPG will put the Committee in touch with the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Committee and the APPG will meet more regularly to advance friendship and encourage greater political engagement by the UK Government with the Kurdistan Region.