April 28, 2017

OPCW Marks its 20th Anniversary with Solemn Commemorative Ceremony

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü,  His Majesty the King of the Netherlands and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders. Second Deputy Director-General of OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Mr. Hamid Ali Rao, the OPCW’s Chairperson of the Conference of the States Parties, H.E. Dr Christoph Israng, the Mayor of The Hague, H. E. Mrs Pauline Krikke. THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 26 April 2017 — In the presence of His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today marked the 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of…

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Royal Greenhouses opened for ambassadors to Belgium

On the picture King of the Belgians greeting foreign heads of missions including Dr Bahiya Al Jishi -Bahrain, to his left-, Chargé d’affairs Matthew Lus. Thursday, 20 April 2017: Their Majesties the VII King of the Belgians and Queen Mathilde hosted a private reception and tour of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken located in the gardens of Laeken Castle, their residence.  The reception was attended by foreign ambassadors and chargés d’affaires accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium, and it was meant to promoting the international image of Belgium. Albeit the greenhouses enjoy an international reputation, they are mostly not accessible to the…

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Ambassadors to the Benelux countries accredited

Pictured The Kin gof the Belgians and H.E. Raúl Fernández Daza (Chile to Belgium and Luxemboug, to the EU). Republic of Chile: HE Ambassador Raúl Fernández Daza presented credentials to the Kingdom of Belgium on Wednesday, 17 April 2017 at the Royal Palace Brussels. He is also concurrently head of mission to the EU and Luxembourg.  Previously Ambassador Fernández Daza held an ambassadorship to Haiti.  https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raúl_Fernández_Daza http://chile.gob.cl/belgica/en Kingdom of Swaziland: HE Ambassador Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu presented credentials and greetings from HM King Mswati III of Swaziland to HM The VII King of the Belgians on 17 April 2017.  This is Ambassador Mngomezulu’s first…

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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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