June 21, 2018

Franco-German Meseberg Summit

G7 summit 2018 – Picture by European Union. Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Meseberg Castle, Brandenburg, Germany: France and Germany have reached a compromise ahead of the landmark EU summit in Brussels in June 28-29 during a joint ministerial council held at Brandenburg. President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel outlined the points in which they reached consensus. The announcement on Tuesday entailed substantive compromises, including on Eurozone reforms wherein Berlin and Paris stood widely apart. EU Commission There is a Franco-German consensus on the reduction of EU Commissioners from the current 28. That also means the two countries accept the principle that they…

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Colombia joins NATO and OSCE 

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and Donal Tusk – Picture by European Union Thursday, 31 May 2018, Brussels: Colombia has joined NATO as a “global partner” after President Juan Manuel Santos finalized the agreement. It entails that Colombia will not necessarily have to partake in military action -should an ally be under siege- yet it shall be fully accredited in headquarters. The 29-state NATO alliance reached a partnership agreement with Colombia back in May 2017, just after peace was signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, an agreement that earned Santos a Nobel Peace Prize. Other global partners include Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan. Colombia’s partnership…

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2018 North Korea-United States of America Summit

Kim Jon-un and Donald Trump – Picture by U.S. Department of State. Joint statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit. President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related…

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Dutch State Visit to Latvia

King Willem-Alexander and President Raimonds Vējonis – Picture by Presidency of Latvia. 11-12 June 2018, Riga, Republic of Latvia: At the invitation of President Raimonds Vējonis, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander paid a state visit to the Republic of Latvia. The monarch was accompanied by Foreign Minister Stef Blok. The state visit to Latvia was followed by a state visit to the Republic of Estonia (12 and 13 June) and to the Republic of Lithuania (13 and 15 June). The programme was focused on the long-standing historical ties between The Netherlands and Latvia, to Estonia and to Lithuania, which date back to the fourteenth century – with…

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Dutch State Visit to Lithuania 

President Dalia Grybauskaitė and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands – Picture by Lithuanian Presidency. 13-15 June 2018, Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania: At the invitation of the President of Lithuania,  H.E. Ms.  Dalia Grybauskaitė, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands paid a state visit to the Republic of Lithuania on the evening of Wednesday 13 and on Friday 15 June 2018 accompanied by H.E. Foreign Minister Stef Blok. Parallel to the state visit, a separate economic programmes explored the potential for expanding economic partnership. In Lithuania the focus was on partnerships in energy, with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag attending the parallel economic programme. Another theme was military…

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Denmark Celebrated Constitution Day 2018

H.E. Mr. Jens-Otto Horslund, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Denmark and Mrs. Lisbet Horslund. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On June 5, 2018, Denmark celebrated constitution day. It’s the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy. H.E. Mr. Jens-Otto Horslund, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Denmark including Greenland and the Faroe Islands. For additional Hester Dijkstra’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157698048149525 The 2018 edition of this momentous day took place on the lawns of the residence of Ambassador Jens-Otto Horslund and his spouse Mrs. Lisbet Horslund. It is…

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Centenary of Nelson Mandela

H.E. Mr. Bruce Koloane, Ambassador of South Africa. By Roy Lie Atjam. Leiden, June first, 2018, The Embassy of South Africa, the Africa Studies Centre Leiden and the VrijeUniversiteit Amsterdam cohosted a lecture at the Academigebouw Leiden University. The occasion was the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Master of Ceremonies was Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald, director Africa Study Centre Leiden. Prof. Mark Rutgers, Dean Faculty of Humanities, welcomed the guests on behalf of Rector Magnificus Prof. Carel Stolker. H.E. Mr. Bruce Koloane, Ambassador of South Africa to the Netherlands, gave an introduction to the centenary of Nelson Mandela. Prof…

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Cyprus : inauguration exhibition “Where have you been”

Nicos Argyrides, Second Secretary Embassy of Cyprus, Cypriot artist Toula Liasi, Ambassador of Cyprus H.E. Mr. Elpidoforos Economou and Mr. Yiannis Toumazis, Director of the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre.     By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague the exhibition Where have you been? was inaugurated on June 2, 2018, by the Ambassador of Cyprus H.E. Mr. Elpidoforos Economou. The exhibition consists of works by the Cypriot artist Toula Liasi and is dedicated to all Missing Persons in Cyprus. Interesting to note, Toula Liasiget’s her inspiration from music. Therefor the Dutch trombonist Jorgen van Rijen performed I was like a wow…

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60th anniversary of the Benelux Union

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, Brussels: Trilateral meeting at the Royal Palace at Brussels for the three Benelux heads of state treated to a luncheon by His Majesty the VII King of the Belgians. Thereafter the three royal heads of state headed to the Benelux Secretariat to unveil the latter’s new name, for thereafter head to BOZAR, the Palace of Beaux Arts, for a close encounter with youngsters from all three Benelux countries about the union’s meaning for them and prospects about the future. A formal ceremony and a reception were held wherein the Dutch and Belgian foreign ministers held allocutions alongside the Luxembourgish…

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The 2018 National Day of Georgia

H.E. Mr. Konstantine Surguladze,Ambassador of Georgia in the Netherlands. By Roy Lie Atjam. Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvili, is one of the most acclaimed ensemble in the world. In the past (73) years the dance company has performed in over one hundred countries. The group is inimitable, astounding, elegant and so much more. It’s precisely therefore that H.E. Mr. Konstantine Surguladze Georgia’s Ambassador in the Netherlands has brought Sukhishvili to The Hague to perform at Georgia’s Independence Day- and 100 Years of Georgia’s First Democratic Republic celebration. For additional Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157696173236291 During the performance,…

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