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British Foreign Office changes travel advice for Kurdistan Region
SAT, 23 DEC 2006 02:03
London, United Kingdom (KRG.org) – The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday amended its travel advice for the Kurdistan Region. It has removed its previous advice against all but essential travel.
The British government’s press release stated that, “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office today amended the travel advice for the Kurdish Regional Government-controlled provinces of Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in Iraq, to remove the advice against all but essential travel.”
The travel advice now distinguishes the Kurdistan Region from other parts of Iraq, reflecting its relative stability, peace and security.
Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Director of the KRG Office of Foreign Relations, said, “We welcome the FCO’s change to the travel advice. This is yet another positive step for the Kurdistan Region. This change will help the business community, academics and other institutions to travel more easily to the Kurdistan Region. Thanks to Austrian Airlines’ recent initiative to start operating regular scheduled flights, now travel to our area is much easier. We hope that other countries will follow and do the same. Our Region needs and deserves to be treated separately”.
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, KRG High Representative to the UK and Chair of the Kurdistan Development Corporation, said “In September and November, we were delighted to welcome two senior British trade delegations and members of the House of Lords to the Region. Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Lord St John of Bletso and the trade delegates saw for themselves that Kurdistan is peaceful and stable.”
Sensible precautions should still be taken when travelling in the safer Kurdistan Region, according to the FCO. The Kurdistan Regional Government also recommends that visitors seek advice before travelling.
Read the FCO’s statement
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