Kurds: Foreign Relations:Written question - 116922

Asked by Jack Lopresti
(Filton and Bradley Stoke)
Asked on: 30 November 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Kurds: Foreign Relations
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the reasons are for changing the name of the British Consulate General in the Kurdistan region to the British Consulate General Erbil on his Department's Facebook page; and what his policy is on UK relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government.
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 December 2017

​The British Consulate General in Erbil has not changed its name. Its Facebook page was recently changed from a monolingual (English) to a bilingual (English and Kurdish) version. Subsequently, the Kurdish name on the site was shortened as the previous title exceeded the maximum allowed characters in Kurdish. The British Consulate General in Erbil has informed local media and officials of the change. The British Government continues to support the security, stability and prosperity of the Kurdistan Region within a unified Iraq.

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