April 20, 2019

The Ambassadors Lunch

On the picture the Ambassadors of Bosnia – H.E. Mirsada Colakovic, Canada – H.E. Sabine Nölke, Tanzania – H.E. Ms. Irene Florence M. Kasyanju, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, Austria – H.E. Dr Heidemaria Gürer, Pakistan – H.E. Mrs. Iffat Imran Gardezi, Kosovo – H.E. Vjosa Dobruna, Estonia – H.E. Ms Kaili Terras, Portugal – H.E. Mrs. Rosa Batoréu, Albania – H.E. Adia Sakiqi, Chile – H.E. Maria Teresa de Jesus Infante Caffi, Palestine – H.E. Rawan Sulaiman, Lebanon – Ms. Abir Ali, Romania – H.E. Brandusa Predescu, Brazil – H.E. Ms. Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop, Cameroon – H.E. Odette Melono, New…

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Openness from tradition. The consular work of the City of Frankfurt am Main

By Mayor Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt am Main. Representations of foreign states reside in capital cities? Usually, but not always! Frankfurt is certainly not the seat of the provincial government, but nevertheless the majority of the 108 consulates in the State of Hessen are located in the economic and logistical centre of the state. The Hessian Consular Corps therefore enjoys a special privilege, as it is cared for equally by the Hessian state government as well as the municipal authorities of the City of Frankfurt am Main. The Hessian State Chancellery and the Frankfurt Department of Communications and…

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My resignation as ‘the city ambassador of The Hague’ after 14 years

                            By Jhr mr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland. This will be my last contribution to Diplomat Magazine. To say goodbye. During many years I wrote articles every month in my honorary function as ‘Special Advisor International Affairs of the City of The Hague’, or –as some Dutch newspapers (NRC Handelsblad, De Telegraaf, AD Haagsche Courant) called me several years ago and ever since (with a wink !)- ‘the city ambassador of The Hague’. In the 80’s and especially the 90’s of the 20th century The Haghe…

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Foreign Minister Zarif: Europe must work with Iran

By Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Dec. 10, 2017 Tehran— On a crisp morning in Vienna two summers ago, hours before concluding the nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and five other world powers, I took to Twitter to write that the landmark accord was “not a ceiling but a solid foundation.” Unfortunately, for the past 11 months, the response to Iran’s good faith has been tantrums from the Trump administration. But the unreliability of the United States — from climate change to Palestine— has become predictable. Our main concern now…

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Minister of Tolerance of the UAE

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance of the UAE. Picture by Government of the UAE Tolerance, an intricate Emirati value By HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance (United Arab Emirates) The Ministry of Tolerance was initiated merely in the year 2016 yet its roots go back generations, in an effort to continue the support and celebration of our diverse country. In a time of on-going political tensions, regionally and globally, it is imperative that we encourage individuals in the UAE and from across the world to respect one another. To be able…

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Sidiki Kaba, La justice Internationale et la lutte contre l’impunité

Conversation avec S.E. M. Sidiki Kaba, Président de l’Assemblée des Etats Parties By Diplomat Magazine. Quelles sont les réalisations les plus marquantes de votre mandat ? Au cours de mon mandat, je me suis attaché à promouvoir le raffermissement de la relation entre la Cour pénale internationale et l’Afrique ainsi que la complémentarité. Je me suis efforcé d’encourager un dialogue franc et constructif entre les Etats africains ayant des griefs envers la Cour et l’Assemblée des Etats Parties de la CPI. Il était nécessaire de répondre aux sources du malaise qui existe entre la Cour et certains Etats africains qui l’accusent…

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Climbing up the stairs

By H.E. Mr Edgar Elias Azar, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1969, being recently appointed as a judge, one morning climbing the staircase of the Mexico City Court where he served, Edgar Elias Azar promised to himself that one day he would become its President. Since that moment, he prepared academically and professionally in order to achieve his goal, which was to change the Court of one of the largest cities of the world so to assure a better administration of justice for its nearly half a million users. He was born in Acapulco, Guerrero,…

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Independent Finland: The First 100 Years

By H.E. Mr  Timo Ranta, Ambassador of Finland to Belgium and Luxembourg. Almost all countries in the world have a national day. In some countries, like Finland and The United States, that day is called The Independence Day. Finland became independent in 1917, a hundred years ago. The sixth of December was the date when the Parliament approved the independence declaration issued by the Senate. Finnish independence was recognized by most of our closest countries in January 1918. The first steps of our independence were not easy. Finland soon slid into a civil war. However, in July 1919 the first…

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Ukraine: transformations for European future

On the picture  Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, President Petro Poroshenko and  Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. By H.E. Mr Mykola Tochytskyi, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU. 2017 will be marked as the year of major milestones in Ukraine-EU relations. Recent full entry into force of the Association Agreement and introduction of visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens represent those symbolic achievements, which Ukrainians stood up for during the Revolution of Dignity (2013-2014) and continue to die from Russian aggression in the East of the country. For Ukraine AA/DCFTA became a comprehensive blueprint…

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Towards The World Free From Chemical Weapons: Russia Demonstrates Its Leadership

By the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons. This year was marked by a significant success of Russia in the area of non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction and arms control: on September 27, 2017 the last chemical munitions remaining of all the previous Russian chemical arsenals were destroyed at the “Kizner” specialised facility in the region of Udmurtia. This is a truly milestone event. Our country has successfully fulfilled its key commitment under the Chemical Weapons Convention (or the CWC) – it has completely got rid of…

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