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.
Wednesday 15, 2017 - The Consul General of the Netherlands to Erbil, Janet Alberda, visited the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) for an exclusive roundtable discussion with students. The event served as an open debate for students to ask questions and talk freely about the Netherlands’ and the European Union’s missions in Iraq. The discussions were mainly centered on topics like migration, politics, demining, economic reform and education. Consul General Alberda, also asked students questions about their future plans in an attempt to understand the youth’s points of view on the democratic system, migration, freedom of speech, and transparency in Iraq and its Kurdistan Region. The talk proved very fruitful and engaging, and AUIS hopes to hold similar discussions in the future.