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Consulate General Erbil Celebrates American Independence Day in Suleimaniya

On Wednesday, July 11th, U.S. Consulate General Erbil hosted a reception at the American University of Iraq – Suleimani in honor of the 236th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. First Lady of the Republic of Iraq Hero Ahmed Ibrahim and Vice-President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Kosrat Rasul were among the distinguished guests in attendance.

The event marked Consul General Paul Sutphin’s first public event since arriving in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region on July 7th.  Consul General Sutphin said, “The United States Government is proud of its friendship with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and of longstanding ties that bind the American and Kurdish peoples together.”  He also commemorated the one year anniversary of the opening of the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, saying that he was looking forward to strengthening the ties between the people of the United States and the people of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.