Minister Bakir was appointed as the first Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) in September 2006. He administers the KRG’s foreign policy and bolsters the Region’s relations with the international community. Minister Bakir has led the Department for four successive cabinets and has been part of the rapidly expanding relations between the KRG and foreign governments. He previously served as the KRG’s liaison officer to the Multi-National Forces’ Korean Contingent stationed in 2004 and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in 2003 in Erbil. He was also a senior adviser to the Prime Minister of the KRG from 2002 until 2004 when he was appointed minister of state. Earlier in his career, Minister Bakir was the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation from 1999-2002 and the Deputy Head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) Public Relations Office from 1996-1999. He started his career as public relations officer of KDP from 1992-1996.