The solemn opening ceremony of the Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia took place on February 24 in Erbil. The event was opened by the Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Erbil Arshak Manukyan, who welcomed the guests and presented the goals of the diplomatic mission and the upcoming programs. The Consul General noted that due to the active contacts with the partners of Iraqi Kurdistan in recent months, an agenda of mutual interest has already been formed.
The RA Deputy Foreign Minister Artak Apitonyan delivered a welcoming speech. He noted that the dynamically developing relations between Armenia and Iraqi Kurdistan are based on the strong historical ties and friendship of the two peoples. "Armenians have settled in different periods of history in this country, including Iraqi Kurdistan, and have earned exceptionally friendly treatment from the authorities. Therefore, it is not accidental that today the Armenian community of thousands continues to live here, contributing to the development of the country of which it is a citizen", said the Deputy Minister in part.
On behalf of the Government of Iraqi Kurdistan Safin Dizaye, Director of the Foreign Relations Department, delivered a welcoming speech. He praised the decision of the Armenian authorities to establish a Consulate General in Erbil and promised to fully support the work of the Consulate.