April 23, 2019

Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 14 March 2019 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala, H.E. Ms Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, during a visit to OPCW Headquarters in The Hague yesterday. The Director-General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed progress in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention. The discussion also focused on enhancing the OPCW’s capabilities to address the threat from chemical weapons use and the project to upgrade the Organisation’s Laboratory into a Centre for Chemistry and Technology….

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EU and Qatar Airways sign agreement

4 February 2019, Brussels, EU: Qatar Airways and the European Union have inked a legal accord binding stating that “all air carriers from the 28 European Union member states and Qatar now have unlimited and unrestricted access to their respective territories” according to statements by both, Qatar Airways and the EU.  As part of the agreement, the State of Qatar no longer shall request from European carriers to have local sales agent to operate flights to Doha. A similar deal shall begin negotiations in March vis-à-vis Oman Air and their airspace. The United Arab Emirates thus far has declined to engage…

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New premises for Guatemala

H.E. Mrs Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala. On Wednesday 13th of March, members of the diplomatic corps and friends from Guatemala gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the new Guatemalan Embassy in The Hague. H.E. Mrs Marithza Ruiz de Vielman, ambassador of Guatemala to the Netherlands welcomed H.E. Mrs Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala. By Aurore Heugas. Presided by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, H.E. Mrs Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, one thing stood out from the reception in honour of the new Guatemalan embassy in The Hague; the…

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Ethiopian Airline Crash

thiopian Airline flight ET302 bound from Nairobi, Kenya crashed at Bishoftu near Addis Ababa only minutes after taking off on Sunday 10 March 2019.

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Prosecutor concludes a visit to Bangladesh

Statement of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the conclusion of its visit to Bangladesh (6-11 March 2019) The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court concluded its first visit to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the context of the on-going preliminary examination concerning the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The purpose of this visit was to engage with relevant stakeholders, explain the preliminary examination process, and travel to the refugee camps with a view to informing the Office’s ongoing assessment. On behalf of the Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda,…

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Russia and Syria criticize OPCW report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi. At a joint press conference held in The Hague, Russian and Syrian representatives at the OPCW criticized the organization’s recently published report on the alleged chemical attacks of April 7th, 2018 in Douma, Syria. Nevertheless – Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin said – Russia will not give up its quest to clarify what happened in Douma one year ago. On March 1st, 2019, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued the report of its Fact Finding Mission (FFM) on the allegation of chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. On…

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Minister Kaag calls for new, adequate solutions in dealing with present-day conflicts

Minister Sigrid Kaag. By Guido Lanfranchi. On March 8th, 2019, the premises of the Supreme Court in The Hague hosted the event “Conflict Resolution in the Middle East”, co-organized by UPEACE Centre The Hague and SIB-Leiden. The event’s keynote speech was delivered by Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, who analyzed the emerging global challenges and stressed the need for suitable solutions. The challenges in nowadays world are abundant and daunting, and addressing them will not be easy. Yet, we can address them, and we should not spare any effort in trying do to so. This…

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Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri Iran Ceremony of Merit

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Netherlands – 5th March 2019.  Diplomat Magazine and Diplomatic Card organized a Ceremony of Merit for the outgoing Ambassador of Iran, H.E. Dr Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Netherlands. Diplomat Magazine being the first diplomatic magazine of its kind in the Netherlands, presented a Certificate of Merit and an award to H.E. Dr. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of The Islamic Republic of Iran. The certificate of Merit and Public Diplomacy Award were presented in recognition for the outstanding contributions that Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri has made in solidifying Iran’s bilateral ties with the Netherlands,…

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi on EU tour

Nancy Pelosi, went on a multi-and bilateral visit to Brussels that took her to meet with NATO, Belgian and EU dignitaries.

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Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), with a focus on OPCW activities in Syria and the effort to investigate and identify perpetrators of chemical weapon attacks.

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