PM Barzani Welcomes New Dutch Ambassador
By John Lee.
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani welcomed the Netherlands’ new Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Harry Molenaar (pictured), recently, discussing the growing relationship between their governments.
Ambassador Molenaar highlighted the importance of the new Dutch Embassy Liaison Office in Erbil, which is planned to officially open in November.
Prime Minister Barzani congratulated Ambassador Molenaar on his new mission and discussed his hope of seeing increased cooperation and trade between the Kurdistan Region and the Netherlands.
The Ambassador said that the Dutch government is mindful of Kurdistan’s very good security, confirming that they are encouraging companies throughout the Netherlands to come and invest in the Kurdistan Region.
Both sides also discussed several strategic agriculture agreements that the two governments plan to sign in the near future, as well as the Dutch government’s intentions to open an agriculture bank in Kurdistan.
At the invitation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, made an official visit to The Hague last week, meeting with a number of senior officials from the Dutch Foreign Ministry and speaking at a panel organised by the Ministry.