PNA-Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (DFR.krg.org),Yesterday, the Head of KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, welcomed the newly appointed Romanian Consul to the Kurdistan Region
The arrival Mr Eugen Sihleanu brings the total number of foreign representatives in Kurdistan to 24. He has arrived to prepare the ground for the opening of a new diplomatic office scheduled for later this year.
In welcoming Mr Sihleanu to his new role, Minister Mustafa said he hoped his arrival would be the beginning of more Romanian engagement in the Region. He said, ‘We are pleased to have you in Erbil, and we hope that your presence here will facilitate and encourage more communication and increased coordination with Romania.’
Minister Mustafa also highlighted the importance of having a diplomatic presence in Erbil, which he said will promote more awareness of political developments and investment opportunities as they arise. He said, ‘We want to go beyond the limits of exchanging visits; we are interested in consolidating meaningful partnerships between our people and the international community.’
The Romanian Consul said that his government hoped to open the consulate as soon as the necessary groundwork was completed. He also touched on the historic ties that Kurdistan has with the people of Romania, saying that more than 200 Kurds settled in Romania to pursue their studies back in the 1980s.
‘We are here to establish a constructive relationship with the KRG and the people of Kurdistan. We want to promote strong economic ties to ensure mutual benefit from the involvement of our business community in the Region,’ he added. Mr Sihleanu pledged to work closely with Minister Mustafa and his department to ensure that their mission is successful and productive.
Mr Sihleanu was accompanied by Mr Catalin Stoica, the Romanian Economic Counselor stationed in Kurdistan