April 27, 2017

One Day in Bali and Beyond

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague and the Stichting Banjar Suka Duka Nederland, organized a tremendous day of activities called One Day in Bali and Beyond, showcasing the rich culture of the island of Bali. The event took place on the lawns of the residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Mr. I Gusti A. Wesaka Puja. The date was 15 April 2017. The program included cultural presentations- and performances of dozens of artists, followed by a lunch buffet. On particular element on the program was the ceremony of Galungan Kuningan in which…

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EU Doors open to Georgia

H.E. Konstantine Surguladze, Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia and State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration,  H.E. Victor Dolidze. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration H.E. Victor Dolidze delivered a captivating lecture on the theme, Georgia’s European Way which was followed by the exhibition of the Dutch Photographer Thomas Vahé, Georgia through Dutchman’s Eye. The venue chosen for the event was appropriate, Het Huis van Europa (House of Europe) The…

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Culture for Peace

 H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of Bangaldesh to the Netherlands. On 15 April 2017, a diverse group of approximately five-hundred persons responded favorably to a call of the Embassy of the Republic of Bangladesh to come and celebrate this year’s feast of lent, the UNESCO recognized Mangal Shovajatra (new year) at Bangladesh House. For additional Hester Dijkstra’pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157682875800765 Locals and expatriate Bangladeshis have highlighted the theme of the celebration i.e. Culture for Peace through the Peace Rally. The performance of local and guest artists enthralled the audience where Deputy Mayor of the Hague Mr. Rabin…

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Dutch American Friendship Day

On the picture Mr. Robert Kingman,  Acting USA Deputy Chief of Mission and  Mr. Jons van Dooren, President of SHAK. By John Dunkelgrün. Yearly on the 19th of April the U.S. Embassy jointly with OAR (Overseas Americans Remember) host a reception at the Residence to mark Dutch-American Friendship Day. This special day was established in 1982 by a special law HJ 410 which was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Reagan. The initiative for this law was taken by “Americans Overseas Remember” and the law was drafted on the kitchen table of the indefatigable Roberta Enschede, who…

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Argentina’s World Malbec Day celebrations in Netherlands

Dutch Argentinian wines importers during the Malbec International Day 2017. By A. Rangarajan. Nearly 160 years ago Argentineans embraced a French grape variety and made it their own. Today the Malbec is an inseparable part of the Argentinean heritage. Malbec adapted well to the climate and soil of Argentina. Today one can find thriving, hardy Malbecs all over Argentina, each with its own distinct personality and charm. The grape and the wine bearing this name has now come of age, as part of Argentina’s food landscape. For additional picture, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157680756530871 Since 2011, in the month…

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Galungan- Kuningan celebration

Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja during the ceremony.  Galungan- Kuningan celebration at the Indonesian ambassadors residence By Anton Lutter. Ambassador H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja hosted the Balinese celebration of Galungan- Kuningan at his residence last saturday. The ambassador himself from Bali, participated in the hindu prayer ceremony which was attended by balinese from all over Europe. The ancient tradition of Galungan- Kuningan symbolizes the victory of dharma over adharma, or good against evil. Afterwards a variety of cultural actvities where performed at the garden of the residence. This included traditional dance and gamelan music from Bali aswell…

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EU ambassadors accredited

Pictured H.E. Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al Khulaifi, Ambassador of Qatar.   By Henri Estramant. State of Qatar to the EU: HE Ambassador Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al Khulaifi presented credentials as head of mission to the EU on Friday, 7 April 2017, to President Donald Tusk. Previous to this ambassadorship, he was head of mission of Qatar to Germany and non-resident to Lithuania. http://www.qatarembassy.be Republic of Chile to the EU: HE Ambassador Raúl Fernández Daza was accredited on 7 April 2017. Previously he held an ambassadorship to Haiti. https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raúl_Fernández_Daza    /    http://chile.gob.cl/belgica/en/   Mongolia to the EU: HE Ambassador Od Och before coming to Brussels was permanent…

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Pakistan Embassy celebrated its National Day

Pakistan Embassy celebrated its National Day reception at the Hilton Hotel in The Hague on 23rd March 2017. The Ambassador of Pakistan, Ms. Iffat Imran Gardezi delivered the following message on this occasion: ‘It was 77 years ago, that Muslim leaders from all over Indian Sub-Continent gathered in Lahore on 23 March 1940 in the annual session of All India Muslim League, and passed a resolution demanding the British Government at that time, to create a separate homeland for Muslims of sub-continent where they could live in accordance with their aspirations. In only seven years, the dream came through when…

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Romania and Bulgaria – 10 Years EU Membership

On the picture H.E. Mrs. Brânduşa Predescu,  Ambassador of Romania, H.E. Mr. Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affaires and H.E.Mr. Rumen Alexandrov, Ambassador of Bulgaria. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On the bright spring morning of April 10th 2017 the Ambassador of Romania to the Netherlands, H.E. Mrs.Bert Koenders  Brânduşa Predescu, along with H.E.Mr. Rumen Alexandrov, Ambassador of Bulgaria, organized a reception. The reception was to mark Romania and Bulgaria accession to the European Union 10 years ago. Ambassador Brânduşa Predescu, observed there was a chill in the air, despite the chill she said, it was still spring and it…

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Kuwait and the Netherlands Meet at Kuwait National and Liberation Day

H.E. Mr. Abdelouahab Bellouki, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Ambassador Shamlan Al Roomi of Kuwait and H.E. Mr. Taher Farahat, Ambassador  of the Arab Republic of Egypt. By Shirley Cottaar. Every year aside from their National Day, Kuwait also celebrates it’s Liberation Day. This official public holiday is celebrated in honor of the country’s independence from Iraq after the first Gulf War. This day is celebrated by the whole country with pride and salutation as the country was able to make a stand and run on it’s own. On 22 February 2017 H.E. Ambassador Shamlan Al Roomi of…

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