France appoints new Consul General to Erbil

Prior to his career in diplomacy, Mr. Braem served as a consultant to the French Armed Forces for five years.
Safeen Dizayee, the head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the KRG (right) walking alongside newly-appointed French Consul General Yann Braem, Nov. 19, 2023. (Photo: Department of Foreign Relations)
Safeen Dizayee, the head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the KRG (right) walking alongside newly-appointed French Consul General Yann Braem, Nov. 19, 2023. (Photo: Department of Foreign Relations)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The newly-appointed French Consul General Yann Braem on Sunday met with Safeen Dizayee, the head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), according to a post on X by Dizayee.

“Today I welcomed Mr. Yann Braem, the new French Consul General in Erbil, and expressed the full support of the KRG and my department for his successful tenure,” Dizayee noted and emphasized, “We affirmed our mutual commitment in further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between France-KRI.”

Since 2007, Mr. Braem has served his country in various diplomatic capacities, including stints in Egypt and Pakistan. Prior to his career in diplomacy, he served as a consultant to the French Armed Forces for five years.

Erbil and Paris share close economic, cultural, and political ties. The two capitals are sister cities.

As an integral part of the US-led coalition against ISIS, France has provided the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces with training as well as air support in the Kurdish forces’ fight against the terror group between 2014 and 2017.

Earlier in July, French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu visited the Kurdistan Region and met with Kurdish leadership, stressing cooperation on the lingering threat of ISIS.

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