“Kurdistan occupies an important place in the Middle East”

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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Finnish Foreign Ministry stressed on Thursday that it is actively working to increase cooperation in multiple sectors with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), noting its commitment to help provide services to the population in general.

The media office of the Garmiyan local government said it received Finnish Foreign Ministry envoy Borio Marson, accompanied by senior officials from the Finnish province of Hanko.

“Kurdistan occupies an important position in the Middle East, so we want to have solid relations with the Kurdistan region”, he declared, according to a statement from the KRG.

For his part, the supervisor of the administration of Garmiyan, Jalal Nouri, said: “Garmiyan also has an important local position in terms of geography”, adding that it “is treated as a province by the regional government of Kurdistan and that it has common borders with Iran and the Iraqi provinces [located outside the Kurdistan Region]. “

The Garmiyan administration is an unofficial province of the Kurdistan region which includes the three districts of Kalar, Kifri and Chamchamal in a territory disputed by Baghdad and Erbil.

Earlier today, Spain’s new Ambassador to Iraq, Pedro Martinez-Avial, told Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani that the European nation is preparing to open a consulate in Erbil.

Read more: Spain to open consulate general in Erbil, new ambassador says

Finland and Spain are both part of the US-led Coalition to Defeat ISIS, which runs advisory and training programs for Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region.


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