Consul General Dominique Mas expressed his pleasure and willingness to meet the students at AUIS, “ I am here to listen and learn from the people,” he said, while having a small roundtable with the students. He emphasized on the history of the French-Kurdish relations and made it clear that ISIS has not been a factor in creating this relation: “Our relation has not been built through Daesh, we have been here before Daesh and we will be here after Daesh.” He explained that his main task is to work on strengthening French-Kurdish relations in the long term. Consul General Mas was delighted by the number of requests and questions he received regarding the need and interest in French learning courses and institutes in Sulaimani. Mas explained that they need to have an insight about the demand for such courses in order to be able to provide accordingly. Discussing the issue of French companies investing in the region, Mas clarified the importance of the image Kurdistan should present to the world about the resources and services they can offer to international firms. “On your side you have to provide the right political and economical environment for foreign companies to come and invest in Kurdistan,” he said to the students. Photos contributed by Sara Aso. Brief written by Bana Aso.
AUIS is proud to welcome the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Iraq, Patrick Simonnet, for the inaugural talk in the new AUIS Diplomatic Lecture Series. He will be discussing the state of the EU-Iraq relations with the AUIS community. The event is open to the AUIS community only. Listen to Ambassador Simonnet's talk in this podcast. Read more about the guest lecture here.