February 19, 2018

A Cuban Treat

Chef Reinier Suarez Rivera, the Ambassador of Cuba H.E Ms. Soraya E. Álvarez Nuñez and Sous Chef, Claudia Gonzalez Vades. By Michael Bonté.  After a major storm earlier in the day the sun certainly shone in the Crown Plaza-Promenade Hotel where a new edition of the year long International Food Festival was about to kick off. Guests where already impatiently buzzing about in front of the entrance to the restaurant. Patrick Aarsman, the General Manager finally opened the proceedings with the words:’ The hotel is very proud in hosting this year long event in cooperation with Diplomat Magazine and in this…

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 US DSS John J. Sullivan jaunting through Europe 

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan is traveling to Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Latvia, and Belgium from February 15-24. The Deputy Secretary will arrive in Munich on February 16 to lead the State Department delegation to the Munich Security Conference. He will participate in a nuclear security and arms control panel discussion with foreign government officials and reaffirm the United States’ commitment to global nuclear security. While in Munich, he will also hold bilateral meetings with officials from Germany and other countries. The Deputy Secretary will then travel to Rome from February 18-20, where he will meet with senior Italian officials to discuss cooperation…

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Lunar New Year Vietnam Style

The Ambassador of Vietnam, H.E. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa. Its new year in Asia; a dozen or so countries in the region celebrate the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. Vietnam is one of them. It’s on this occasion that H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa of Vietnam, in keeping with an old Vietnamese tradition invited colleagues and friends to come and celebrate Vietnam new year with her at the Chancellery in The Hague on February 14, 2018. A Vietnamese duo consisting of the artists Bui To Nga and Bui Thanh Hung performed folk melodies from the North, Central and South…

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United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Defence Visits OPCW

The Hague, Netherlands — 14 February 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met with the Minister of State for Defence for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Earl Howe, yesterday during a visit to OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. Mr Howe was accompanied by the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the OPCW, H.E. Mr Peter Wilson. The Director-General and the Minister of State for Defence discussed the progress of the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), OPCW’s continuing activities in…

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I Benelux-Slovenia summit 

Monday-Tuesday, 5-6 February 2018, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia: For the very first time leaders of all three Benelux countries were hosted for a multilateral summit by the Government of Slovenia. 10th Slovenian Premier Minister, H.E. Mr. Miro Cerar hosted a dinner for Luxembourgian Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel and Belgian Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Didier Reynders at Ljubljana Castle before they are joined on 6 February by  Dutch Premier H.E. Mr. Mark Rutte for a working session at Podrožnik Villa on Tuesday. After lunch all four on Tuesday, strolled through the city of Ljubljana. They ended up their meetings with a supper at Strmol Mansion north of the capital. One of the topics under discussion was the implementation of…

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UNESCO Director General Azoulay on maiden visit to Brussels 

24-25 January 2018, Brussels, Berlaymont:  UNESCO Director General Ms. Audrey Azoulay met in Brussels with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission H.E. Ms. Federica Mogherini. On the occasion of her first visit in Brussels, UNESCO Director General held a fruitful first encounter with the High Representative, aimed at discussing priority areas for further EU-UNESCO cooperation. Director General Azoulay received strong support for UNESCO’s mandate from the High Representative, stressing that the Organisation will continue to be a significant partner for the EU. In their discussion, in addition to relevant achievements in…

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ICC President receives the Global Jurist of the Year 2017 Award

ICC President Judge Fernández de Gurmendi receives the Global Jurist of the Year 2017 Award. On 14 February 2018, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), was awarded the Global Jurist of the Year 2017 Award by the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law’s Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) at a ceremony held in The Hague, Netherlands. The award is given annually to honour a sitting judge, whether in an international or national court, who has demonstrated in his or her career courage in the face of adversity to uphold and defend fundamental…

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Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigns after four months

Mr. Halbe Zijlstra, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Photography by Nia Palli. By Anton Lutter. Even before the debate in the Tweede Kamer (parliament) about his so-called meeting with President Putin 2006, Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Halbe Zijlstra stepped down. In an emotional declaration during a special session in parliament Mr. Zijlstra – with Prime Minister, Mark Rutte sitting next to him – acknowledged he made a big mistake. A mistake revealed by the newspaper the Volkskrant last Monday. During a party congress of the VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) in May 2016, Zijlstra…

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She Decides Dutch Fonds

She Decides funds for women in Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh and Mozambique The budget that the Dutch Government allocated last year for She Decides – to preserve family planning services – has benefited women in a number of countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh and Mozambique. She Decides has also supported several programmes covering multiple countries, such as the West African region as a whole. The Netherlands is spending a total of €29 million on She Decides in 2017 and 2018. In the words of Development Minister Sigrid Kaag, ‘She Decides has truly unleashed something in the field of women’s…

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Celebrating 39th anniversary of Iran’s glorious revolution

His Excellency Dr. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of Iran to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. By Roy Lie Atjam. Wassenaar 9 February 2018, H.E. Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri of Iran had invited colleagues, dignitaries and many others to join him in celebrating Iran’s 39th National Day. A hundreds-strong crowd thronged the reception venue to honor Dr Alirzea Jahangiri’s invitation. Noteworthy was the presence of a former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Laurence Jan Brinkhorst. For additional Kim Vermaat’s picture, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157665711340408 Ambassador Jahangiri referred to the close cooperation between the Netherlands and Iran.The trade value has nearly tripled over…

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