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 range of groups and people in Kurdistan and have a high media profile. We wish them all the best of British.
APPG delegations since 2007 usually meet the Consul-General and his staff. The APPG is independent of HMG and the KRG but seeks the best relations with both and in advancing the common aims of building better bilateral relations and a bigger understanding in the UK of Kurdistani needs and views. The following question and answer formally outlines the UK’s policy.
Incidentally, the full name of the diplomatic mission is the Consulate-General for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and northern Iraq. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is a fully recognised region within Iraq and forms part of the wider geographical area of northern Iraq, which includes Mosul in Arab Iraq, for instance. They are not interchangeable terms as is often sloppily used by those who don’t understand the distinction and also deliberately used by those who refuse to acknowledge that the Kurds secured a regional status in a federal Iraqi constitution.
Commons Written Questions
Robert Halfon on 19 January 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the policy priorities are of the UK Consulate-General for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and northern Iraq.
Answered by: James Cleverly on 25 January 2021
The UK supports a strong and successful Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) within a thriving Iraq. During my December visit to Erbil, I discussed the mutual desire to deepen the UK-KRI partnership with the leadership of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The UK looks forward to continued close engagement with the KRG as a critical and valued partner in the region; progressing security cooperation, increasing our business links, and supporting sustainable economic reform that delivers for all Iraqis.