History of the Consulate
History of the Russian Consulate General in Erbil
The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in the city of Erbil was opened on November 28, 2007. The solemn reception on the occasion of this significant event was attended by President of Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani, high-ranking Kurdish officials, politicians, diplomats, representatives of mass media and graduates of Soviet and Russian universities. Speakers at the reception stressed the timeliness of the decision to open a representation in the region. Russian diplomatic mission became the firs Consulate General in Erbil. Now there are more that 30 different foreign representation offices functioning in Kurdistan region.
Among the invitees were also Russian wives of fighters of Kurdish resistance who arrived to Kurdistan region from the USSR with their husbands back in the late 1950s. For them the opening of the Consulate General was not only an important political event but also a tremendous emotional uplift. Most of these Russian women had been constantly living in Iraq but trying not to lose touch with the homeland. During the regime of S.Hussein many of them lost their husbands and sons. Some of them had spent many months in the dungeons of Saddam's prisons.
Currently the Consulate General which has launched full-scale activities, performs all types of consular operations. The flow of visitors to the Consulate is constantly growing.
Strong and durable relations have been established between the Consulate General and Kurdistan region authorities. The Consulate General makes every effort to develop mutually beneficial economic and cultural Russian-Kurdish partnership. The number of Russian companies wishing to engage in Kurdistan region is constantly growing.