The Hellenic Republic has taken additional steps on Monday to deepen bilateral ties with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced a new Consulate in Erbil, the oil-rich capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, located approximately 350 kilometres north of Baghdad. The new Consul General of Greece in Iraqi Kurdistan is Eftyhmios Costopoulos. The Greek Consul General had a brief meeting with Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government on Sunday, as part of the inaugural ceremony processions of the new Consulate. Discussions revolved around action plans to deepen bilateral relations, consular issues, cultural affairs and prospects for commercial inter-exchanges between the business communities of the two states.
The Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister stressed the importance of deepening ties with Greece in a holistic manner and invited Greek companies to invest in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The Greek Consul General praised the Iraqi Kurdistan state for establishing a culture of peaceful coexistence among different ethno-religious and linguistic communities and for the humane treatment of refugees and internally-displaced persons from regional battlefronts. The Greek Consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan opened a year after infrastructural modernisation works took place in the premises of the 2016-opened Greek consular and trade office in Erbil, which then fell under the jurisdiction of the Greek Consulate in Baghdad.