Washington, DC, USA (us.gov.krd) – Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations, embarked on a diplomatic mission to Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2023, marking a brief yet impactful visit. Joined by KRG's Washington representative, Treefa Aziz, the Minister held key talks with leading members of Congress, strengthening the ties between the Kurdistan Region and the U.S.
During his visit, Minister Dizayee met with Congressman Adam Smith (D-Washington) of the House Armed Services Committee; Congressman Mike Waltz (R-Florida), head of the Kurdish Congressional Caucus; Congressman John James (R-Michigan) from the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Robert Karem, an advisor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and former Defense official.
These discussions focused on the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the wider Middle East. The talks highlighted the importance of regional peace, the role of Kurdish Peshmerga forces in counterterrorism efforts, combating ISIS, and the challenges posed from the al-Hol camp.
Discussions revolved around expediting the reopening of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP) for boosting the economy and energy exports as well as discussing political developments between Erbil and Baghdad, underscoring the significance of dialogue for enduring regional stability. They also discussed pressing humanitarian needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees sheltered in the Kurdistan Region, exploring collaborative avenues to address these urgent humanitarian challenges.
Minister Dizayee highlighted the KRG's commitment to democracy, human rights, and peace in the Middle East, saying, "We are dedicated to deepening our strong partnership with the U.S."
This visit by Minister Dizayee to Washington highlighted the shared goals and the importance of the relationship between the KRG and the U.S. in ensuring regional stability and growth.