Kurdistan and Armenia to Strengthen Ties

Armenia's Ambassador to Iraq Karin Gregorian (left) meets with Kurdistan Region's Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, Iraq—The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa on Tuesday received Armenia’s Ambassador to Iraq Karin Gregorian to discuss bilateral ties.

In his first visit to the Kurdistan Region, Ambassador Gregorian commended Southern Kurdistan for its political and economic developments as well as its culture of peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance.

He briefed Minister Mustafa on the opening of Armenia’s consulate general in Erbil and stated that “the approval to open Armenia’s consulate general in Erbil has been granted. The President and the government of Armenia are committed to establishing and strengthening ties with the Kurdistan Region.”

The Ambassador announced that starting from next week; Armenia will conduct direct flights from Yerevan to Erbil twice per week. He hoped that this will lead to more economic and cultural exchanges between Kurdistan and Armenia.

Minister Mustafa welcomed the Ambassador to Kurdistan and thanked him for his efforts to establish institutional ties between Kurdistan and Armenia. He commended the commitment of the government of Armenia to strengthening ties with Kurdistan and welcomed the commencement of flights between Erbil and Yerevan.

The Minister stressed that the opening of the consulate general will bring about more economic, political, and cultural cooperation between both sides. He expressed the readiness of the Department of Foreign Relations to fully support the Armenian mission in Kurdistan.

Mustafa and Ambassador Gregorian also discussed the security and humanitarian challenges facing the Kurdistan Region. The Ambassador expressed the support and solidarity of the government and people of Armenia with the government and people of Kurdistan and pledged that soon Armenia will provide Kurdistan with assistance.

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    • GeorgeMardig said:

      Da’esh is the friend of Turkey, he never was and will never be the friend of Armenia, Da’esh is Turkey’s baby.

    • James said:

      The Kurds have long ago apologized. How embarrassing for you to use the Genocide and potential good relations with the Kurds to spout your hate-filled nonsense.

      • Hay Ouzh said:

        Oh how nice..!! They “apologized”…as if they stole a chicken or a horse.. The Armenian Genocide is a major international CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. Tomorrow the Turks could apologize and imitate the Kurds. Where is the legitimate compensation, return of churches and lands, the price of murdering millions of men, women and children? I could care less about any “potential good relations” if that “relations” would not compensate for the murder of millions and return of lands. The Turks would apologize today, if the Kurds would have a free pass, despite them being a tool of murder and genocide.

      • Dersim said:

        I’m Kurd from Dersim, from the city in which Kurds and Armenian lived several hundred years peaceful together. My antecedents rescued life of 40.000 Armenian people. Thats also true that the paramilitary groups Hamidiye Alayi which was launched financed and armed from turks and the turks planed and implemented this genocide. This paramilitary groups killed also hundert thousand of Kurds and the similar military organisation “village guards” which launched in Kurdistan from turkish state killed thousand of Kurds in last 30 years.

        In world war 2 not only the German Nazis massacred the Jewish people also the military from Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Ukraine, Estonia, Italy etc. Because the German Nazis financed, planed and launched this genocide, the responsibility of this massacre belong the German Nazis.

        But regardless of this we Kurds apologized for this genocide.

  1. Hay Ouzh said:

    I object to any relations, if that relations would not render TRUE JUSTICE to the descendants of the Armenian Genocide. Empty worded apologies are not enough.

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