Kurdistan region likely to open office in Ankara after financial crunch, official says


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is likely to open its long-anticipated representation in Ankara as soon as the economic crisis fades away, KRG foreign relation chief tells Rudaw.

Falah Mustafa said there was a previous understanding between Erbil and Ankara regarding the KRG office, which is planned to represent and protect Kurdistan Region’s interests in the neighboring country. 

“We spend an estimated $15 million annually on our 15 offices abroad and will increase our foreign representatives when the financial crisis comes to en end,” Mustafa said. 

Turkey’s Consul General in Erbil told Rudaw Ankara had already welcomed a KRG office in Turkey in addition to Kurdish political party representatives in the country. 

“On a party political level both the KDP and PUK have their offices, but Turkey would like the Kurdistan Region also to open its representation as soon as possible,” Mehmet Akif told Rudaw referring to the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in the Turkish capital. 

The KRG has 15 diplomatic missions abroad in Washington, Moscow, Brussels, Stockholm, London and Tehran among others while Erbil hosts 23 foreign consulates and embassy offices.

A KRG office in Ankara will be politically significant as it indicates Turkey’s further recognition of the Kurdistan Region as an autonomous entity within the Iraqi 

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