“COOPERATIVE SECURITY & INTERCONNECTED THREATS”

Brussels, 19 November 2015
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OPENING SESSION

H.E. Falah Mustafa BAKIR
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kurdistan Regional Government

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir was appointed as the first Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations in September 2006, tasked with administering KRG foreign policy and bolstering the Region’s relations with the international community. He was reappointed as the Head of the Department in each successive cabinet. Minister Falah previously served as the KRG’s liaison officer to the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003 and to the Multi-National Forces’ Korean Contingent stationed in Erbil in 2004. He was a Senior Adviser to the KRG Prime Minister from 2002 until 2004, when he was appointed Minister of State. Earlier in his career, Minister Falah was the KRG Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Irrigation, from 1999 to 2002. Prior to that, he served as the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Public Relations Officer from 1996 to 1999. Minister Bakir joined the KDP’s International Relations/Public Relations office in 1991.