August 18, 2018

  • Kosovo, facing the challenges of a new country

    Hashim Thaci, President of the Republic of Kosovo. Photography by Frank Jansen. By H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaçi, President of the Republic of Kosovo. The Hague is a special place in the modern history of Kosovo. It is a place where dictator Milosevic died in jail, where he was sent after the Kosovo war. I firmly believe peace and justice are two fundamental issues for every society, in particular for those in transition. The Hague is also a place where Kosovo independence was confirmed as legal at International Court of Justice. After this Advisory Opinion in 2010, the political dialogue between…

  • Even our longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship can be improved

    Ambassador Hoekstra. Photography by Jos van Leeuwen. By H.E. Mr. Peter Hoekstra. The United States and the Netherlands have a long history of friendship and cooperation.  This began before John Adams was accepted as the official representative from the United States to the Netherlands in 1782 and even before the Dutch became the first nation to recognize our new nation with the First Salute in November of 1776.  Our joint journey started when Henry Hudson sailed to North America and the Dutch settled in those new lands. Our relationship with the Dutch is the longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship that the…

  • Tanzania Welcomes You to The Roof of Africa!

                            By H.E.  Ms. Irene Florence Mkwawa Kasyanju, Ambassador of Tanzania. Photography Ms. Nkundwe Pamela Kasyanju . Looking for a lifetime adventure? Or simply itching to scratch off yet another item from your bucket list, why not stand on top of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain? Home to 3 volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro(“Kili”)is the ultimate challenge in Africa. Large enough to satisfy one’squest for a little solitude and time reconnecting with nature, Kili effortlessly attracts over 40,000 people a year, from all over the world….

  • Belgium’s Princely Mission to Argentina

    By H.E. Pablo Grinspun, Ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of Belgium. Belgium is one of the most open economies in the world, but the benefits from international trade are being challenged by the new world context, especially the emerging protectionism from some countries and the consequences of the Brexit vote. Therefore, the current environment in key trading partners is asking for a growing diversification of Belgium’s economy. Belgium’s economic missions chaired by HRH Princess Astrid are a unique opportunity to achieve this goal. This year, Argentina and Uruguay will be the destination of the first of the two missions that…

  • Le Ballet Royal du Cambodge, un héritage et un devoir royal

    HRH Preah Ang Machas (High Prince) Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia. Entretien avec Son Altesse Royale le Haut Prince Sisowath Tesso, Directeur du Ballet Royal du Cambodge Diplomat Magazine: Prince Tesso, la Princesse Norodom Buppha Devi et vous emmenâtes une délégation du Ballet Royal du Cambodge en Suisse et en France en mai dernier. Pourquoi est-ce que vous avez choisi ces deux pays ? Le Ballet Royal se produit régulièrement en Europe tous les 2 ou 3 ans. La France est le principal pays oùnous donnons nos représentations dans de nombreuses villes. Cette année nous nous sommes produit à Paris au Philarmonique…

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Prime Minister of India passed away

Aug 17, 2018

The Embassy of India informs with deep sorrow that former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on August 16, 2018. As a mark of respect to the departed leader, seven days of state mourning has been declared from August 16, 2018 to August 22, 2018. A book of condolences will be opened for signing at the Embassy of India, (Buitenrustweg 2, 2517 KD, The Hague). All members of the diplomatic corps and public who wish to sign the book of condolences are welcome to do so at the following times: Tuesday 21 August 2018, 1000 to 1300 and…

Commemorating the end of World War II

Aug 16, 2018

Picture Twitter Mark Rutte. from his twitter account. By Anton Lutter. On the 15th of August 1945 the Second World War ended for the Kingdom of the Netherlands by the surrendering of the Japanese forces, now 73 years ago. Every 15th of August this day is remembered at the Indies Monument in The Hague. During the Japanese occupation of the Netherlands East Indies (nowadays Indonesia), 100,000 Dutch nationals were detained in appalling conditions in internment camps for 4 years. About 13,000 of them died. Thousands attended the commemoration, among them not only the victims but also their children and grandchildren….

Investment Potentials of the Bukhara Region

Aug 15, 2018

H. E. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan. By Roy Lie Atjam. There is an incredible potential in emerging economies, the Republic of Uzbekistan has such an economy. The government of Uzbekistan, more particularly the Bukhara Region Government, presents prospective investors scores of opportunities to participate in the appealing and diverse region of Bukhara. The months of July and August are considered slow business months, not so for H. E. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan in the Netherlands and Belgium. I met Ambassador Khakimov  in The Hague on 8th August 2018. His Embassy has been welcoming back-to-back, delegations from Uzbekistan for…

Embassy Festival 2018

Aug 13, 2018

Amazement and Togetherness at Embassy Festival DYLAN LEBLANC, OSLO FAT STRING QUARTET, IDA SAND, TABANKA, ETHNOFIL The sixth edition of the two-day Embassy Festival in The Hague is bigger than ever this year with over 60 embassies participating. The Embassy Festivals offers visitors a two-day cultural, culinary and musical voyage of discovery. On Friday 31 August the festival will kick-off at 17.00 with two stages offering a diverse and colourful programme. The festival will fully commence on Saturday 1 September from 12.00 with four stages, the Kids Compound and the International Market. The festival highlights the cultural richness of the…

ASEAN Day “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”

Aug 10, 2018

H.E. Mr. I Gusti Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia, Madam Rusdijana Puja,  Mrs. Linda Sim, spouse of the Ambassador of Malaysia, H.E.  Mr. Ahmad Nazri Yusof, Ambassador of Malaysia, Charge d’Affairs Mr. Pham Toan Thang,  Embassy of Viet Nam, Mr. Arjen Van den Berg, Deputy Director, Asia Department, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  the Ambassador of Thailand, H.E. Mrs. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Mr. Thongvut Pintaruchi, spouse of the Ambassador of Thailand and Chargé d’affaires Ms. Shirley E. Banquicio,  Embassy of  the Philippines. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN marks its 51st anniversary. It is for this reason that…

Russia condemns US sanctions over Skripal case as baseless

Aug 10, 2018

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow   By Guido Lanfranchi. The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the United States of imposing its last round of sanctions over fake charges. Recently, the US administration had targeted Russia with a batch of economic restrictions, on account of Russia’s alleged involvement in the Skripal case. On August 9th, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova discussed the most recent set of restrictions imposed by the United States  on the Russian Federation. Firmly condemning the US administration’s decision, Ms. Zaharova denounced that “the Skripal poisoning case was chosen as the trumped-up pretext,” in spite of…

US to impose a new set of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal case

Aug 9, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi. In compliance with the CBW Act provisions, the US is set to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. The sanctions, which are expected to take full effect around August 22nd, include severe restrictions on the export of national security sensitive goods and technologies.   Five months after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the US administration is set to impose sanctions on the Russian Federation, on account of its alleged involvement in the attack. This round of sanctions – a Senior US State Department…

U.S. administration reimposes a first round of sanctions on Iran

Aug 9, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi. Starting from the midnight of August 7th, the US will reimpose a first round of unilateral sanctions against Iran. This move comes as a part of a broader strategy of putting unprecedented financial pressure on Tehran – Senior US Administration Officials say – in order to counter Iran’s foreign policy endeavors throughout the Middle East.   On May 8th, US President Donald Trump publicly announced that the United States would withdraw  from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Under such deal, the Iranian government had accepted several limitations on its…

Ecuador ‘s Triple Celebration

Aug 4, 2018

                            H.E. Mr. Fernando Bucheli and spouse Narumi Bucheli. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 31st July 2018, H.E. Ambassador Fernando Xavier Bucheli Vargas of the Republic of Ecuador, hosted a triple event celebrating the upgrade of his country’s mission in the Netherlands. As of now the Diplomatic status of the mission is that of an Embassy. On the same day, Ecuador organized the National Day of Ecuador. In addition to this,  a Diplomat Meet and Greet event was also celebrated. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please…

Viet Nam Flavours

Aug 3, 2018

On the picture chef Sido de Brabander, Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa  and chef Dao Van Son. By Youri Moes. It is often said that the best way to understand a person is to sit down with them and share a meal. To see how people gather around a communal space with each other is a window into their methods, traditions and culture. We are happy to have experienced this again with another great gastronomic event, Flavours of Viet Nam, organized together with the Embassy of Viet Nam, Crowne Plaza Promenade and Diplomat Magazine. With this being the latest of these events…

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US to impose a new set of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal case

By Guido Lanfranchi. In compliance with the CBW Act provisions, the US is set to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. The sanctions, which are expected to take full effect around August 22nd, include severe restrictions on the export of national security sensitive goods and technologies.   Five months after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the US administration is set to impose sanctions on the Russian Federation, on account of its alleged involvement in the attack. This round of sanctions – a Senior US State Department…

U.S. administration reimposes a first round of sanctions on Iran

By Guido Lanfranchi. Starting from the midnight of August 7th, the US will reimpose a first round of unilateral sanctions against Iran. This move comes as a part of a broader strategy of putting unprecedented financial pressure on Tehran – Senior US Administration Officials say – in order to counter Iran’s foreign policy endeavors throughout the Middle East.   On May 8th, US President Donald Trump publicly announced that the United States would withdraw  from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Under such deal, the Iranian government had accepted several limitations on its…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

The Middle East – quo vadis?

By Corneliu Pivariu. The so-called “Arab spring” has thrown the Middle East and North Africa in a mess which evolutions in perspecive are difficult to anticipate, especially as a result of the global geopolitical situation that does not allow yet to contemplate what the coming world order will be. Today’s main conflicted situation in the Middle East is the one between Iran and Israel. Whether since the emergence of the State of Israel it succeeded in winning all the wars with its Arab neighbours and to sign peace treaties, too, towards the end of the last century with Egypt and…

The Dutch role model of change

How true leadership in regards of climate change may give outstanding impact to the Asian world By Dr. Wolfram Kalt. The Netherlands and Indonesia share a special relationship as they were connected for centuries in times of colonialism, separated after the horrible years of Indonesian struggle for independence and later then they have found together again into a respectful and close relation based on strong pillars of common history and development, intense economic and political ties, and so many deep interpersonal relationships among the two countries. For me living in Bandung, the former Paris van Jawa, a modern Indonesian metropole…

Water cooperation and water diplomacy

By Zaki Shubber. Water management is conflict management. From the Aral to the Zambezi, water disputes are a priority at local, regional, national, and international levels. Worldwide, water demands are growing, groundwater levels are dropping, water bodies are increasingly contaminated, and delivery and treatment infrastructure is aging. The potential for conflict and the need for cooperation between domestic and transboundary watershed stakeholders will increase as problems become more acute. New concepts have emerged to describe the issues and to propose pathways for dealing with the increased multi-level competition that is being observed, and for enabling the creation and use of…

Religion in Global Diplomacy

By Israel Rafalovich. Religion has helped since the beginning of times to shape the culture and civilization of the world and therefore it cannot be ignored in our globalised world especially when countries design their foreign policy and diplomatic strategies. Faith-based diplomacy is only beginning, and it may be sowing the seeds for deeper, more lasting forms of social transformation. Religion and diplomacy have been soul mates all along, and are currently engaged in seeking the post modern connection. Diplomacy now takes place in cultural and religious context and is concerned with the way identities are constructed as well as…

Chef Dao Van Son, Flavors of Viet Nam

On the picture Chef Dao Van Son. By Youri Moes. Chef Dao Van Son was at the helm of the Crowne Plaza Hotel kitchen staff for the Vietnam Flavours event this June, showcasing his specialities of Vietnamese dishes to a hungry crowd. Chef Dao’s name is synonymous with haute cuisine in Viet Nam, boasting 2 Michelin Stars at his restaurant La Table Du Chef in Hanoi. Chef Dao has had a very prestigious career, working in some of the most exclusive hotels throughout Viet Nam. Chef Dao was responsible for creating well known dishes like Pomelo Salad with scallops, deep fried crab…

Yes, Economic Diplomacy Works!

On the picture Professor Peter A.G. van Bergeijk and Selwyn J.V. Moons. Photography by Dick de Jager.   By Peter A.G. van Bergeijk and Selwyn J.V. Moons. The design and management of bilateral relationships has become even more important in the new world “order” in which regional disintegration and an open confrontational approach to foreign policy make the headlines. The major lesson from the Great Depression – avoid protectionism – abruptly seems to have been forgotten: indeed, we are witnessing an unprecedented change in geopolitics with a clear impact on the international business environment and de modes and opportunities for…

The World of Coffee kicked off with the Rwandan Speciality Coffee

On the picture His Excellency Mr. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of Rwanda. The famous World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam opened last June 2018, with  “Rwanda Coffee – A Second Sunrise” which is a national brand for Rwandan specialty coffee. A delegation of 21 exhibitors arrived from Kigali to represent the country’s coffee sector players. The delegates were facilitated by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Netherlands and the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) in Rwanda. On the side-lines of the World of Coffee, Team Rwanda made a call for participants to the up-coming ‘Rwanda Cup of Excellence’ to be hosted…

10 years Friendship Nederland: “Equal access to justice for all”

Dorothee ter Kulve, founder of  Friendship Netherland. 10 years ago Friendship Nederland was founded by Dorothee ter Kulve to support Runa Kahn, founder of Friendship Bangladesh, in realizing her dream of bringing healthcare to the forgotten Char people of North Bangladesh. In those 10 years Friendship Bangladesh has grown into a trusted organization that commits itself to the social and economic development of these remote islands. Throughout this journey Dorothee and Friendship Nederland have proven to be invaluable partners for Runa and her organization. Last May 17, Friendship Nederland celebrated this 10 year anniversary in the Humanity Hub in The…

A look back

By John Dunkelgrün. The Israeli Food Festival at the Crown Plaza Promenade was a most successful event. Three evenings with an almost full house, people revelling in the colours and flavours of this unique cuisine. Few countries, especially not small ones, have as much of a cultural variety as well as international exposure as Israel has. Culture determines what you can achieve with food, but the land, the terroir, gives you the basic ingredients. For millennia the land has been known for its fertility and its produce. Expressions like “Land of milk and honey”, and “The fertile crescent” (which includes…

Bangladesh House hosted ASA

On the picture young models and actors from Bangladesh together  with Dr Nasrin. Bangladesh House, official residence of Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands, took a festive look to showcase colourful art and heritage of Bangladesh to the diplomatic community in the Netherlands. Overwhelmed upon witnessing the colourful cultural display of fashion parade, mock wedding and holud, aspects of Tribal heritage, life of women and children etc, the diplomatic representatives also attempted to immerse into Bangladeshi culture. The diplomatic participants while rehearsing for the painstaking saree wearing or wrap themselves up with other cultural attire or artifacts, or joining the chorus…