A large delegation of US Congressional staff visited the Kurdistan Region last week to meet with government officials, local businesses and schools, and to get a first hand view of how US-KRG relations can be further developed and improved.
"This was the first Congressional staff delegation of its kind and size to the Kurdistan Region," said a member of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representation office in the US. "The delegation visited all three Kurdistan provinces, gaining a thorough understanding of theregion and how the US business community is a true partner in its development."
Commenting on the delegation's visit to the Region, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa said, "The political, institutional and developmental success of Kurdistan is a shining example of what can be achieved through the pursuit of our shared values with the United States. We have a long history with the US, and we believe that greater commercial, cultural and educational exchange between us is long overdue."
While in Erbil the Congressional staff met with local representatives of the newly established United States-Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC) in order to both hear and see first-hand how US investment is at work in Kurdistan.
The delegation received an insightful briefing from US Consul General Alex Laskaris during the visit, and spent an afternoon at the campus of the American University of Iraq -- Suleimani (AUIS), holding informative talks with both the students and faculty there. The group also had good exchanges with Christian leaders based in Kurdistan during their stay.
The bipartisan delegation included senior staff of ten Congressional offices, from both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The delegation was also received by KRG ministers and officials including: President Barzani's Chief of Staff Dr Fuad Hussein; Minister Falah Mustafa; Minister of Education Dr Asmat Khalid, and Chairman of the Investment Board, Minister Herish Muharam.