April 23, 2019

U.S. to ratchet up pressure on Cuba through the Libertad Act

By Guido Lanfranchi. Since May 2nd, the United States’ administration will not suspend Title III of the Libertad Act, a historic policy reversal that will step up the U.S. pressure campaign on Cuba. The move comes as a condemnation of Cuba’s domestic political situation, as well as the island’s support for the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua. The Libertad Act (also known as Helms-Burton Act) was passed by Congress in 1996 to strengthen the pressure applied by the United States on Cuba after the Communist Revolution of 1959. In one of its crucial passages, known as Title III, the Act…

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WEF at Dead Sea in Jordan

6-7 April 2019, Dead Sea, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ended with a call for its stakeholders to increase collaboration on social, economic and climate issues. It should help the region “punch at its weight” instead of below it, co-chairs of the meeting said in the closing plenary. The co-chairs of this year’s meeting were: Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bahrain; Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates; Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister of Tourism of Egypt; Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer,…

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70 ans de relations diplomatiques belgo-indonésiennes

« 70 ans de relations diplomatiques belgo-indonésiennes : renforcer davantage la coopération entre les deux peuples » Savez-vous que cette année l’Indonésie et la Belgique fêtent le 70e anniversaire de leurs relations diplomatiques ? Au fil des années, des liens d’amitié se sont profondément tissés entre les deux pays qui se reflètent dans plusieurs domaines d’activités. Les relations entre les deux pays ont débuté depuis 1947 lorsque Dr. Paul Van Zeeland, alors sénateur coopté, a été choisi comme membre du « Comité des Trois Nations », aux côtés de l’Australien Richard Kirby et de l’Américain Dr. Frank P. Graham, dans le cadre des bons offices pour le règlement du conflit entre l’Indonésie et…

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U.S. DEA Administrator visits Belgium and the Netherlands

By Guido Lanfranchi. In early April, Mr. Uttam Dhillon, Acting Administrator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, visited Belgium and the Netherlands. During the visit, Mr. Dhillon discussed DEA’s cooperation with the European Union and visited the Port of Antwerp. Mr. Dhillon, head of the renowned U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, arrived in Belgium in the wake of a recent visit to Colombia. The combination of these two visits – he said – shows to observers that there is a strong transatlantic link between the cocaine sold in Europe (as well as in the United States) and the powerful South American…

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European ministers conference rally before the EU elections

European Affairs ministers summit – Picture by Land NRW, Mark Hermenau. Wednesday, 27 March 2019, Stadium Borussia Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: Under the pro tempore chairmanship of NRW Minister for Federal, European and International Affairs, Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, hosted his colleagues and deputies in charge of European affairs to call for a stark participation at the elections for the European parliament taking place on 26 May, for a Europe of the “rule of law, freedom of the press and speech”.   A panel discussion highlighting the significance and achievements of the European Union was moderated by Cherno Jobatey with the participation of Minister Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, the…

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NATO allies prepare for the 70th anniversary celebrations

Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO. By Guido Lanfranchi. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is getting ready for the celebration of its 70th anniversary. Foreign Ministers and diplomats from all allied countries will gather in Washington, D.C. on April 3rd-4th, with the double aim of celebrating the organization’s anniversary and discussing issues such as burden sharing, counterterrorism, and emerging threats. It was on April 4th, 1949, in the wake of World War II, that twelve European and North American states officially signed the North Atlantic Treaty, thus establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO….

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Sonar Bangla- Golden Bengal Celebrates 48th Independence Day

Sonar Bangla- Golden Bengal Celebrates 48th Independence Day H.E. Mr. Yun Young Lee, Ambassador of Korea and spouse, Mrs. Uma Rathore, spouse of the ambassador of Pakistan, H.E. Sheikh Mohammad Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh and spouse Dr. Dilruba Nasrin, H.E. Matthew Neuhaus, Ambassador of Australia and spouse and the Ambassador of Malaysia, H.E Mr. Ahmad Nazri Yusof. Photography by G. Buonamasssa. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the Netherlands, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal cordially welcomed hundreds of guests to the Diplomat reception he organized at the Bangladesh House on 26 March 2019. The…

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Order of the Star for Lelio Gavazza

Embassy of the Italian Republic, The Hague: Bvlgari’s International Sales President Lelio Gavazza was awarded the rank of Commander of The Order of Star of Italy by HE Ambassador Andrea Perugini on behalf of HE the President of Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.  During the eulogy for President Gavazza, Ambassador Perugini highlighted that “In his professional path he has achieved impressive results not only in the interest of his own company but also in the public interest of the Italian State, in so far as he has successfully promoted Italy and the perception of excellence that Italy and its products represent worldwide. This outcome flows from his mastery…

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Georgia and Eurojust sign cooperation agreement to step up the fight against organised crime

Photos  – top left, H.E. Ms Tsulukiani, Mr Hamran, Mr Tadumadze. Bottom right, Georgian and Eurojust delegation, including H.E. Ambassador Sharvashidze. A cooperation agreement in criminal matters was signed at Eurojust, the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, by H.E. Ms Thea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia, Mr Shalva Tadumadze, Prosecutor General of Georgia, and Mr Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, to strengthen the joint fight against cross-border organised crime in the European Union and South Caucasus. This first agreement between Eurojust and a State of the region will foster judicial and strategic cooperation as it will unlock the possibility to…

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Mechanism President to conduct first official visit to Rwanda

Arusha, 29 March 2019– The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Judge Carmel Agius, will conduct an official visit to the Republic of Rwanda from 1 to 7 April 2019. During this week, President Agius will hold a series of meetings with high-level Government officials. In addition, he will visit a number of memorial sites and meet with members of civil society, including victims’ groups. As part of his programme, the President will also spend time with staff from the Mechanism’s field office in Kigali. President Agius will further participate in the Kwibuka25 International Conference, and…

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