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China, Kuwait to open consulates in Erbil

By Rudaw 29/12/2014
China joins the other four members of the UN Security Council, which all have operating consulates in Erbil.
China joins the other four members of the UN Security Council, which all have operating consulates in Erbil.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – China plans to open a consulate in Erbil to take advantage of the Kurdistan Region’s economic boom, the Chinese consul general in Iraq said in a meeting with Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.

The diplomat said his country wanted to boost economic and cultural ties with Kurdistan.

By opening a consulate China joins the other four members of the UN Security Council, which all have operating consulates in Erbil.

Barzani said that Erbil values its relations with China and its position in the world, and is therefore keen to boost relations.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s foreign minister told a news conference in Baghdad that his country will soon open a consulate in Erbil, as well as one in the city of Basra in southern Iraq.

Subah Khalid Hamad Subah said that the consulates will facilitate visits and travel between Iraq and Kuwait, which enjoys good ties with Kurdistan and has a sizeable Kurdish population that has lived there for decades.

Kurdistan, which remains the only prosperous and stable portion of war-torn Iraq, has attracted many multinational corporations that have invested in the energy, construction and tourism sectors.

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kurt basar | 29/12/2014
welcome to the Democratic Kurdistan, the land which is free from the savages and Tyrants, and believes freedom for all.
NH | 29/12/2014
I have always advocated strong ties with China. Let's buy fighter jets, heavy artillery, armoured personal carriers and missiles from China and sign a strategic defence alliance with them. We could be knocking on US door for the next 50 years and they will always refer us back to Baghdad. Why waste time with US? Let's get together with the Chinese and move forward.
dUck faRmer | 29/12/2014
I love to see deepening relations between Kurdistan and China. The US has taken us for granted for a long time. We need to get a reliable partner to build our defences. A partner that deals with us directly and not through a third party.
Piro | 29/12/2014
Building relations with different nations is a good thing. We should not put all our eggs in one basket.
Rizgar | 29/12/2014
Beter late than never.
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