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Barzani, Silliman break ground for US consulate in Erbil

By Rudaw 6/7/2018
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani broke ground at the site of the construction of the new US consulate in Erbil on Friday morning. 

Silliman hailed the construction as a “strong symbol of the continued strong relationship between the United States and the Kurdistan Region for decades in the future.”

Barzani declared the construction of the new complex as a sign to the world “that America wants to stay in Iraq, that America wants to remain in Kurdistan, that America wants to develop its ties. This aspect – for our people, for Iraq, and for America – is very important.”

The building will be the US’ largest consulate complex worldwide and one of their most modern facilities. 

“We will be able to do many, many new and different things in Kurdistan and we are looking forward with great excitement to beginning the construction and then the completion as soon as possible,” said Silliman. 

Erbil Governor Nawzad Hadi, US Consul Ken Gross, KRG Minister of Tourism and Municipalities Newroz Mawlood Amin, and the consulate's building operations director Aziz Younes also took part in the groundbreaking ceremony. 


An aerial rendering of the new US consulate complex on the Erbil-Shaqlawa Road. Image: EYP


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Kurdo | 6/7/2018
A symbol of America protecting Iraq's sovereignty and KRG playing the slave again. Why should US support KRG they know whatever they do even if they spit on Kurdish flag praise Saddam like Trump did and abonden Kurds the KRG will still be US tool thats why US do minimum for Kurds and still gets everything from them. Kurds ard worst in policy.
Muraz Adzhoev | 6/7/2018
This is the construction of the US embassy in sovereignly independent, democratic, secular Kurdistan Federative Republic - the strongest regional factor of peace, security and stability, cooperation and partnership in the ME.
Lawand Dizayi | 6/7/2018
"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed"...Neil Armstrong. Long live Kurdistan, long live Uncle Sam, Long live our beloved leader Masoud Barzani, long live our great P.M. Nechirvan Barzani and LONG LIVE PESHMERGA!
FAUthman | 7/7/2018
Here is the big picture, US is entrenching its presence in Kurdistan. in both Iraq and Syria, not packing up and leaving. These are the indications so far. So everybody relax, it will get better for Kurds in Iraq and Syria or a big part of Syria. It is US actions or indications of its intentions is what counts, everything else is a side show of little consequence. I am not sure Iran is not reluctantly welcoming this US presence in Erbil, not even Baghdad may object. May be Turkey is a bit nervous, but even that is who is left, Russia? Russia would need the US presence in the region to sort out the complex problems of the Middle East ......
VentingKurd | 8/7/2018
Naive Kurds will never learn a lesson. This will be probably the biggest intelligence gathering facility. How many abrams tanks and F16's have been sold to Iraq and Turkey? They know very well that these weapons have been and will be used specifically to kill Kurds-why none of the defensive weapons can be sold to Kurds? Kurdish leaders-stop wasting time-get your hands on anti-air crafts and anti-tanks even if it is from the black market before it is too late-stop being part of corruption. Public money should only be used for public service(roads, health care, electricity, water, education, and defence). It is not for stealing by leaders and paying salaries of people that sleep until midday every day...what a shame!!!

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