August 20, 2018

Prime Minister of India passed away

The Embassy of India informs with deep sorrow that former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on August 16, 2018. As a mark of respect to the departed leader, seven days of state mourning has been declared from August 16, 2018 to August 22, 2018. A book of condolences will be opened for signing at the Embassy of India, (Buitenrustweg 2, 2517 KD, The Hague). All members of the diplomatic corps and public who wish to sign the book of condolences are welcome to do so at the following times: Tuesday 21 August 2018, 1000 to 1300 and…

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Commemorating the end of World War II

Picture Twitter Mark Rutte. from his twitter account. By Anton Lutter. On the 15th of August 1945 the Second World War ended for the Kingdom of the Netherlands by the surrendering of the Japanese forces, now 73 years ago. Every 15th of August this day is remembered at the Indies Monument in The Hague. During the Japanese occupation of the Netherlands East Indies (nowadays Indonesia), 100,000 Dutch nationals were detained in appalling conditions in internment camps for 4 years. About 13,000 of them died. Thousands attended the commemoration, among them not only the victims but also their children and grandchildren….

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Investment Potentials of the Bukhara Region

H. E. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan. By Roy Lie Atjam. There is an incredible potential in emerging economies, the Republic of Uzbekistan has such an economy. The government of Uzbekistan, more particularly the Bukhara Region Government, presents prospective investors scores of opportunities to participate in the appealing and diverse region of Bukhara. The months of July and August are considered slow business months, not so for H. E. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan in the Netherlands and Belgium. I met Ambassador Khakimov  in The Hague on 8th August 2018. His Embassy has been welcoming back-to-back, delegations from Uzbekistan for…

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Embassy Festival 2018

Amazement and Togetherness at Embassy Festival DYLAN LEBLANC, OSLO FAT STRING QUARTET, IDA SAND, TABANKA, ETHNOFIL The sixth edition of the two-day Embassy Festival in The Hague is bigger than ever this year with over 60 embassies participating. The Embassy Festivals offers visitors a two-day cultural, culinary and musical voyage of discovery. On Friday 31 August the festival will kick-off at 17.00 with two stages offering a diverse and colourful programme. The festival will fully commence on Saturday 1 September from 12.00 with four stages, the Kids Compound and the International Market. The festival highlights the cultural richness of the…

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ASEAN Day “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”

H.E. Mr. I Gusti Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia, Madam Rusdijana Puja,  Mrs. Linda Sim, spouse of the Ambassador of Malaysia, H.E.  Mr. Ahmad Nazri Yusof, Ambassador of Malaysia, Charge d’Affairs Mr. Pham Toan Thang,  Embassy of Viet Nam, Mr. Arjen Van den Berg, Deputy Director, Asia Department, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  the Ambassador of Thailand, H.E. Mrs. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Mr. Thongvut Pintaruchi, spouse of the Ambassador of Thailand and Chargé d’affaires Ms. Shirley E. Banquicio,  Embassy of  the Philippines. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN marks its 51st anniversary. It is for this reason that…

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Russia condemns US sanctions over Skripal case as baseless

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow   By Guido Lanfranchi. The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the United States of imposing its last round of sanctions over fake charges. Recently, the US administration had targeted Russia with a batch of economic restrictions, on account of Russia’s alleged involvement in the Skripal case. On August 9th, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova discussed the most recent set of restrictions imposed by the United States  on the Russian Federation. Firmly condemning the US administration’s decision, Ms. Zaharova denounced that “the Skripal poisoning case was chosen as the trumped-up pretext,” in spite of…

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US to impose a new set of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal case

By Guido Lanfranchi. In compliance with the CBW Act provisions, the US is set to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. The sanctions, which are expected to take full effect around August 22nd, include severe restrictions on the export of national security sensitive goods and technologies.   Five months after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the US administration is set to impose sanctions on the Russian Federation, on account of its alleged involvement in the attack. This round of sanctions – a Senior US State Department…

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U.S. administration reimposes a first round of sanctions on Iran

By Guido Lanfranchi. Starting from the midnight of August 7th, the US will reimpose a first round of unilateral sanctions against Iran. This move comes as a part of a broader strategy of putting unprecedented financial pressure on Tehran – Senior US Administration Officials say – in order to counter Iran’s foreign policy endeavors throughout the Middle East.   On May 8th, US President Donald Trump publicly announced that the United States would withdraw  from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Under such deal, the Iranian government had accepted several limitations on its…

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Ecuador ‘s Triple Celebration

                            H.E. Mr. Fernando Bucheli and spouse Narumi Bucheli. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 31st July 2018, H.E. Ambassador Fernando Xavier Bucheli Vargas of the Republic of Ecuador, hosted a triple event celebrating the upgrade of his country’s mission in the Netherlands. As of now the Diplomatic status of the mission is that of an Embassy. On the same day, Ecuador organized the National Day of Ecuador. In addition to this,  a Diplomat Meet and Greet event was also celebrated. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please…

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Viet Nam Flavours

On the picture chef Sido de Brabander, Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa  and chef Dao Van Son. By Youri Moes. It is often said that the best way to understand a person is to sit down with them and share a meal. To see how people gather around a communal space with each other is a window into their methods, traditions and culture. We are happy to have experienced this again with another great gastronomic event, Flavours of Viet Nam, organized together with the Embassy of Viet Nam, Crowne Plaza Promenade and Diplomat Magazine. With this being the latest of these events…

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