ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Japan on Wednesday signed a new agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to de-mine the liberated areas from Islamic State (IS)-planted bombs as well as officially opening a Consulate General in Erbil.
Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonora and his accompanied delegates arrived in Erbil on Tuesday and met with the KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and head of the KRG Foreign Relations Department Falah Mustafa.
It was Sonora’s second visit to the Region after his trip to Erbil in February 2015.
He expressed Japan’s continuous support to Kurdistan, according to the KRG statement.
In the meeting, Sonora clarified within the framework of loans to Iraq for strategic projects Japan had emphasized the Kurdistan Region’s share as there were already projects implemented in the Region.
The Japanese Minister met with the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani in a separate meeting on Wednesday.
The statement also noted Japan would contribute to developing the economy of the Kurdistan Region if there was an opportunity for investment post-IS.
The Minister said Japan would officially open its Consulate General in Kurdistan to foster bilateral relations.
The Mosul military operation and the war against the extremist group were another discussion point between both sides.
Moreover, the head of the KRG Foreign Relations Department signed an agreement for the de-mining of liberated areas from IS booby traps and IED bombs.
Japan’s Honorary Consulate was opened on Sep. 1, 2008, in Erbil.
The Kurdistan Region currently has foreign representative offices and consulates of 34 countries around the world, including the five countries that have veto power in the United Nations.
Additionally, the KRG has its representative offices in 12 foreign countries.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany