August 20, 2017

Tricentennial of the Second Visit of Peter the Great to the Netherlands

The Ambassador of Russia to the Netherlands, H.E. Alexander Shulgin during his speech.  The Inauguration in Maastricht of a Memorial Plaque Dedicated to the Tricentennial of the Second Visit of Peter the Great to the Netherlands 27 July 2017. An inauguration ceremony of a stone memorial plaque dedicated to the tricentennial of the second visit of the second visit of Tsar Peter I to the Netherlands took place in Maastricht. The ceremony was organised by the efforts of the Honourary Consul of the Russian Federation in the provinces of Northern Brabant and Limburg Mr Constantijn van Vloten. The plaque was inaugurated…

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WWII victims of war in South East Asia remembered in Senate Building

The Honorary list of Fallen Soldiers. By Anton Lutter. Annually on the 14th of August the victims of the Second Worldwar in The Dutch East Indies and other places in South East Asia are commemorated. This event is organised a day before the national commemoration of the official end of WWII which was when Japan capitulated before the Allied forces on the 15th of august 1945. Both the president of Parliament Mrs. Khadija Arib and the president of the Senate Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol laid a reef at the Indische plaquette, a bronze monument depicting the Netherlands-Indies and a part of South…

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90 years People’s Liberation Army in Brussels

Brussels, Tuesday, 19 July 2017: the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union hosted a reception to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the premises of the diplomatic mission itself located in the Brussels suburb of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi was pleased to welcome to the event high-ranking EU including the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, or HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium. During the ambassador’s allocution she highlighted the importance the army has played in creating a stable China, and by default to the security and…

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India’s 71st Independence Day Celebrations

Open House at the Indian Ambassador’s residence. The Hague – India celebrates its 71st Independence Day on August 15, 2017.  For the first time, the Indian Embassy will mark this important event by organizing a special flag hoisting event at ‘India House’, the residence of the Ambassador in Wassenar. The function will be open to all members of Indian community, people of Indian origin and friends of India. This measure is being taken in order to strengthen the friendly relationship between the Embassy and the Dutch/Indian community. The address of the venue is Backershagenlaan 21, 2243 AB Wassenaar. The function…

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Peruvian Sail Training Ship “B.A.P Unión”

On the picture, H.E. Ambassador Carlos Herrera and the Captain of the Tall Ship. The Peruvian Sail Training Ship “B.A.P Unión” (Buque Armada Peruana Unión, in Spanish) arrived Tuesday August 8th to the Port of Rotterdam. In this occasion, the Captain of the Tall Ship and H.E. Carlos Herrera, Ambassador of Peru to the Netherlands hosted a Press Conference after docking at the port. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157683987624142 The “B.A.P. Unión”, which was incorporated on 26 January 2016 to the Peruvian naval fleet, is the biggest vessel of its type in Latin America…

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Peru National Day 2017

On the picture Peruvian Diplomats credited in the Netherlands;  Mr. Omar Tovar, Vice-Consul,  Mrs Francis Chavez, Third Secretary, Mr Lucas Otero, Second Secretary, Mrs Veronique Micléa, spouse of the Ambassador of Peru, H.E. Ambassador Carlos Andrés Miguel Herrera Rodríguez, Mrs. Susan Ortega Olortegui, spouse of  Javier Pella and Mr Javier Pella, Minister Cousellor. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The 27 July marked the 196th anniversary of the independence of Peru, which was celebrated with a reception held at the residence of H.E. Ambassador Carlos Herrera, and Mrs. Véronique Micléa. Dutch authorities, members of the diplomatic corps, businessmen, academics and representative of the…

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Wastra, the Enchanting Textiles of Indonesia

Conservation of the Indonesian Heritage By Roy Lie A Tjam. Indonesia and batik are inextricably linked. The latter is an integral part of the Indonesian culture. Although just a name, batik evokes deep emotions. Introduced by  Nila Patty and Puji Siragar, the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Ibnu Wahyutomo bid the guests, among whom were many ambassadors; a warm welcome. Unfortunately, the first scheduled guest speaker (chairperson of the Indonesian Heritage Trust) ended up calling her trip to The Hague off. Dr. Sandra Niessen (Anthropology) however, delivered an introduction to the Indonesian culture. To see awesome Hester Dijkstra’s pictures please open…

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Indonesian Embassy Showcasing Batik from Bali and Yogyakarta

On the picture Indigo batik from Yogyakarta. By Anton Lutter. Batik – the technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth – is steeped in centuries old tradition from the various islands which make up Indonesia with their own distinctive design and style. For instance Java itself is known for its varied distinctive Batik developed mainly around the different Royal Courts which, as in Europe, have been the traditional centres of cultural development. The importance of Batik has been acknowledged in october 2009 by UNESCO designating Indonesian Batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Promoting Batik…

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Tunisian Cooking and Cocktail Show

H.E. Elyes Ghariani, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy of Tunisia together with the Tunisian Tourist Office organized a splendid Tunisian cooking and cocktail show at the Wittenberg Castle in Wassenaar on, 6 July 2017. The Internationally renowned Tunisian top chefs Wafik Belaid and Haykel Ben Zayda guaranteed a culinary enjoyment of top level. All the while H.E. Elyes Ghariani, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, gave a briefing on the current situation in the country. Ghariani stressed the impact of the travel ban on the economy and also the sector recovery after…

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90th Anniversary of the Founding People’s Liberation Army of China

                            Senior Colonel  Hai Wei, Military, Navy and Air attaché to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Photography Roy Strik / For Diplomat Magazine.  By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Military, Navy and Air attache, Senior Colonel  Hai Wei hosted a reception to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army of China, which falls on August 1. The People’s Liberation Army is among the world’s largest standing armies, and it’s taking on a greater role in International Diplomacy. For additional Roy…

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