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Consulate General Erbil Celebrates American Independence Day in Erbil

Consulate General Erbil Celebrates American Independence Day in Erbil

In partnership with the American-Kurdistan Friendship Association (AKFA), the United States Consulate General in Erbil tonight hosted a reception in Erbil to celebrate the 236th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence on July 5th 2012.

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani joined the US Chargé d’Affaires to Iraq, Robert Stephen Beecroft, and US Consul General Alex Laskaris at Erbil’s Rotana Hotel to celebrate the event.  They were joined by KRG Ministers and local officials, representatives of business, university, civil society and religious groups, as well as members of the local American community.

Consul General Laskaris announced at the event that he will be leaving his post soon. He commended the progress that the Kurdistan Region continues to see and thanked its people for the warm friendship that he received from them.  “I have not been to every town and village in the Region, and I have not met every man, woman and child… but I sure tried my best,” he said, adding, “I have been in the homes of the wealthy and the poor, the powerful and the humble. …I walked in the footsteps of my ancestors and in the footsteps of the prophets. In every home and every office, I was treated as a friend and honored guest.”

Mr. Laskaris became the U.S. Consul General June 10th, 2011, when the United States upgraded the Regional Reconstruction Team in Erbil to a full Consulate General.  The United States Consulate General works to enhance the partnership and close ties between the people of Iraq and the United States of America.