On September 18, 2017, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Iraq, H.E. Matthijs Wolters, visited the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. The Ambassador met a group of students and had a candid discussion on the objectives of the Netherlands in Iraq, including humanitarian assistance, education, military funds, and the overall mission to achieve Iraq’s stability. The students were very engaged, and discussed ideas for supporting Iraq’s youth through teacher training and exchange programs with support from Netherlands.
The event concluded with an open discussion about the Kurdistan’s independence referendum and the international community's views on it.