Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Consulate Compound in Erbil

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Consulate Compound in Erbil, Iraq In a demonstration of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman and U.S. Consul General Ken Gross broke ground today on the new U.S. ...
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Consulate Erbil Visits Baharka IDP Camp

On May 20, Economic and Commercial Affairs Officer Sharyn Fitzgerald attended the opening of a greenhouse project at Bahirka IDP camp. The project, sponsored by Mass Group Holding and implemented by Kurdish Human Rights Watch (KHRW) and the Kurdish American Cooperation Organization, established eight greenhouses to be managed by resident IDP families. The project seeks ...
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Consul General Ken Gross opened new American Corner at the University of Kurdistan Hewler

On February 28, The Consul General Ken Gross helped open our new American Corner today at the University of Kurdistan Hewler. This is a cultural and informational center that offers a library, access to online journals, advising services for students interested in studying in the U.S., and a variety of ongoing cultural and English-language programming. ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Travel to Iraq September 14-15

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Iraq today to discuss key political, economic, humanitarian, and security issues with government officials, including our long-term partnership with Iraq under the Strategic Framework Agreement. The Deputy Secretary is accompanied by Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, and Joseph Pennington, Deputy ...
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U.S. Consul General Ken Gross

Ken Gross, the Consul General in Erbil, is a career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service. Mr. Gross previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan from 2009-2012. He has had two previous overseas postings in Iraq, including as Principal Officer at the Regional Embassy Office in Basrah, and he returned ...
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U.S. Consul General Mitman Visited Mamilyan IDP Camp in Duhok

On June 30, Consul General Matthias Mitman visited the Mamilyan IDP Camp and observed livelihood programs coordinated by the Social Education Economic Development NGO and the United Nations Population Fund. These programs included a woodworking training facility, cooking workshops, music and enrichment programs for children, and psychosocial services for trauma victims. During the visit, CG ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman hosted Iftar for Peshmerga soldiers

On June 27, Consul General Matthias Mitman hosted an Iftar for over twenty Peshmerga soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade. The guest of honor was the Acting KRG Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Karim Sinjari. Mitman told the Kurdish soldiers that the U.S. is proud to partner with the Peshmerga in their fight against Da’esh ...
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2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates from Iraq

The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil is pleased to announce that Ms. Talan Aouny and Ms. Bahar Ali will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. They will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in ...
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Ambassador Stuart Jones’ Remarks on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

Greetings, and thank you Matthias. Thank you to everyone here tonight for joining us a little early to celebrate our Independence Day. I want to particularly acknowledge President Barzani: Mr. President, we are honored by your presence here as well as so many other representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government. And we are honored to ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman’s Remarks on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

Welcome, and thank you all for taking the time to join us on this, our 240th anniversary of independence. I’d like to particularly thank President Masoud Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, KRSC Chancellor Masrour Barzani, for joining us here this evening. Let me also welcome regional political, military and security leaders, our friends in ...
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Minister Falah Mustafa’s Remarks on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

H.E. President Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region H.E. Ambassador Stuart Jones, US ambassador to Iraq CG Matthias Mitman, Consul General of the United States in Kurdistan Region Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening to you all, I am pleased and privileged to be part of this ...
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On June 2, Ambassador Stuart Jones and Consul General Matthias Mitman celebrated our 240th Independence Day in Erbil

On June 2, the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil hosted distinguished guests including IKR President Massoud Barzani for a celebration of the two hundred and fortieth Independence Day of the United States of America. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Consul General Matthias Mitman welcomed the crowd, which included officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government, military and ...
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On May 30, Consul General Matthias Mitman visited injured Peshmerga soldiers in the hospital

On May 30, U.S. Consul General Matthias Mitman visited Peshmerga soldiers at the Erbil’s Emergency Management Center who were injured in the ongoing conflict with Da’esh in Khazir, Ninewa. This visit took place on Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday that honors those military men and women who have given their lives in defense of their ...
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On May 3, Consul General Matthias Mitman delivered remarks on World Press Freedom Day

In celebration of World Press Freedom Day, Consul General Matthias Mitman addressed journalists, KRG officials, and other defenders of media freedom at Metro Center’s event, Defending Journalists in the IKR. In his remarks, Consul Mitman stressed that a free press is necessary for government accountability, open societies, and economic development. He also praised the work ...
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On May 5, Deputy Principal Officer Roy Perrin participated in a commemoration of the Holocaust

On May 5, the U.S. Consulate General Deputy Principal Officer, Roy Perrin, joined Sherzad Omar Mamsani, the Jewish Representative in the Kurdistan Ministry of Religion, for an historic commemoration in Erbil that marked the first Jewish Remembrance Day for Victims of the Holocaust. A moment of silence was observed in respect for the millions who ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman attended the commemoration honoring the 25th anniversary of Operation Provide Comfort on April 4, 2016

On April 4, Consul General Matthias Mitman spoke at a commemoration honoring the 25th anniversary of Operation Provide Comfort. Along with representatives from the British, French and Turkish Consulates General in Erbil and the Kurdistan Regional Government, CG Mitman paid tribute to those who had sacrificed their lives in the effort to provide a safe ...
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Secretary Kerry Presents the 2016 International Women of Courage Award to Nagham Nawzat of Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry honored Yezidi activist Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan with the 2016 International Women of Courage Award. The award goes to women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve others’ lives. Dr. Hasan was one of the first physicians to provide psychological ...
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Consul General Matthias Mitman delivered remarks at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani

On January 21, Consul General Matthias Mitman delivered remarks at the Center for the Development of Natural Resources’ “Escaping the Rentier Model: Reforms in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region” conference, hosted by the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. Consul General Mitman focused on the need for transparency and accountability in the economic reform process, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Stuart E. Jones Leads U.S. Delegation to Erbil for Meetings with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Other Officials

On September 15, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones led a high-level delegation from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense to meet with Kurdistan Regional Government officials, including separate meetings with President Massoud Barzani, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami, and Deputy Prime Minister ...
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U.S. Consulate General Erbil Does Not Process Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil wishes to clarify visa processing information following incorrect reporting in some Iraqi media outlets that the Consulate General processes applications for immigrant visas. The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil does not accept applications for or process immigrant visas. All immigrant visas processing in Iraq is done by the U.S. ...
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Peshmerga Successfully Clears Territory and Liberates Villages

Southwest Asia – Peshmerga forces with the support of Coalition airstrikes, are conducting a successful offensive operation against Daesh terrorists near Tuz in Northern Iraq. Since Aug. 26, the Peshmerga have destroyed Daesh defensive positions and re-established control of more than 200 square kilometers, liberating seven villages, and straightening and shortening the Kurdish forward line ...
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Ambassador Jones, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, Consul General Mitman & LT. General Terry Meet Former Iraqi President Jalal Tala

On August 8, 2015, Ambassador Stuart Jones, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, Consul General Matthias Mitman, and Lieutenant General James Terry visited former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at his home in Sulaimaniyah. Ambassador Jones and the delegation reaffirmed U.S. commitment to continued cooperation with Iraqi Kurdish forces in the fight to degrade and defeat ...
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U.S. Consulate General Erbil Welcomes Consul General Matthias Mitman

On July 27, 2015 Matthias Mitman became Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. “I’m pleased to take up the position of Consul General in Erbil. I look forward to engaging with the people and officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and strengthening cooperation, economic ties, and people-to-people connections between the people of ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threat to Erbil City

The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil would like to notify U.S. citizens of credible threat reporting specific to public places in Erbil, Iraq. As a result, all off-compound movements of U.S. government personnel under the Chief of Mission at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil will be limited on Friday, July 31, 2015 and Saturday, August 1, ...
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Statement by the President on Iran

THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Al-Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi today to reaffirm continued U.S. support for the Iraqi government’s ongoing efforts to defeat ISIL. The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Al-Abadi for his steadfast leadership in Iraq and for promoting national unity at a time of significant security challenges, including today’s ISIL attack on Ramadi. ...
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Readout of Deputy Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with IKR President Barzani

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani today to discuss a range of issues, including the important role of the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Kurdish people in the fight against ISIL.  Deputy Secretary Blinken offered condolences to President Barzani for the people who have lost their lives ...
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Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani

President Obama participated in a meeting at the White House with Vice President Biden and Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. They discussed a range of issues, including the campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL and the status of ongoing political initiatives to address the needs of the Iraqi people and foster ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Al-Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. The Vice President reaffirmed the US commitment under the Strategic Framework Agreement to a united, federal, and democratic Iraq, as defined in the Iraqi constitution. He further reaffirmed, pursuant to this commitment that all U.S. military assistance in the fight against ISIL comes ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosions in Ankawa

As a result of an explosion on April 17, 2015 in the Ankawa neighborhood in Erbil, and the security presence in the immediate area, Consulate General Erbil will temporarily suspend visa services on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The Consulate expects to resume visa services on Monday, April 20, 2015. All visa applicants will be notified ...
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Counter-ISIL Coalition Provides Air Support in Battle for Tikrit

U.S. Department of State – Office of the Spokesperson – Statement by Jen Psaki At the request of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Coalition today launched airstrikes in and around Tikrit in support of Iraqi Security Forces ground operations. These strikes were designed to destroy ISIL strongholds with precision – protecting innocent Iraqis by minimizing ...
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U.S. Consulate Extends Condolences to Families of Peshmerga in Da’esh Video

We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the Peshmerga shown in the disturbing video released last night by ISIL, which purportedly shows the barbaric execution of three men.  Although we are not in a position to confirm the authenticity of the video, we have no reason to doubt it given the other similar ...
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