December 9, 2019

Tatarstan is the crossroad of trade routes and civilizations

By H.E. Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan  The Republic of Tatarstan is one of the leading, industrially developed and innovative regions of the Russian Federation, the territory of intercultural and interfaith dialogue, where East and West meet, trade routes intersect, Islam and Christianity successfully develop and interact.  The unique location of the region in the centre of Russia, at the confluence of the two largest rivers: the Volga and the Kama, where the Great Silk Road and the Furry Road merged, connecting the north and the south of Eurasia, since ancient times it had become one…

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Qualities of a Good Diplomat

By H.E. Dr Hisham Al-Alawi, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to The Netherlands. History of Diplomacy:  Diplomacy is a profession like medicine or law; its goal is to advance the national interests of a country through dialogue, negotiation and cooperation with the governments of other countries. It was only in the 18th Century that the organization and administration of Diplomacy within a single entity i.e. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), run by a Minister, came into force (Berridge, 2005). The Foreign Office in UK was created in 1782 and the US State Department in 1789. Between 1840 and 1880, the…

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Norway is a steadfast defender of human rights and gender equality

By Martin Sørby, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. International cooperation is crucial to Norway’s security, economy and prosperity. Human rights and gender equality lie at the core of Norwegian society – and the Norwegian Government’s foreign policy.  Our values require us ensure that all people are able to live in freedom and security, regardless of where they are and to stand up against hateful and discriminatory behaviour. Putting human rights and gender equality at the forefront of our efforts is key to reaching these goals. The world is facing a number of challenges that…

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l’Arménie en tete de la Francophone

Par H.E. M. Zohrab Matsakanyan, Ministre des Affaires étrangères de la République d’Arménie. Le 27 novembre 2016, lors du Sommet d’Antananarivo (Madagascar), les Chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de la Francophonie ont désigné l’Arménie comme pays hôte du prochain Sommet de la Francophonie. L’Arménie était honorée de cette confiance qu’on lui avait témoignée en lui confiant la responsabilité de l’organisation de ce Sommet. La XVIIème Conférence des Chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement ayant le français en partage s’est tenue à Erevan, les 11 et 12 octobre 2018. Toutes les institutions étatiques nationales se sont pleinement mobilisées pour faire de la…

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The Hague’s Ambassadors gather at the Peace Palace

On Monday October 7th, many of the Ambassadors accredited in The Hague came to the city’s emblematic Peace Palace, a symbol of Peace and Justice in the world, and took a memorable picture all together. The meeting, which wants to symbolize the need for cooperation and solidarity in the struggle for peace among all countries in the world, was organized by the Peace Palace and Diplomat Magazine. Mr. Erik de Baedts, Director of the Peace Palace and the Carnegie Foundation, welcomed the Ambassadors at their arrival. The gathering was attended by the Ambassadors of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Ms. Adia Sakiqi,…

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Dutch-Israeli relations: a look ahead

The new Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Naor Gilon, explained to Diplomat Magazine during lunch at the emblematic Des Indes Hotel, his view on the relationship between the two countries. Singling out economic cooperation as a cornerstone of this partnership, the Ambassador vowed to step up his commitment towards innovation and his interaction with the youth. Israel and the Netherlands have strong and long-standing diplomatic relations. The new Israeli Ambassador in The Hague, H.E. Mr. Naor Gilon, is now ready to do his best to further strengthen the partnership between the two countries – he explained in a…

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We are open for doing business

By Dr. Jorien Wuite, Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten The building the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten is befitting the stature of the Caribbean island it represents in The Hague.  Stately, with large windows looking out over the prominent busy Prinsessegrachtin the political center of The Hague, this monumental building is where Jorien Wuite intends to represent Sint Maarten well and “to entice you to visit our 37 miles of splendor in the Eastern Caribbean.”  One of the first things that will catch your attention when you enter the Cabinet, is a display of maquettes in the center…

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Komitas Vardapet, a 150th jubilee for an Armenian giant

In the picture H.E. Ambassador Ashot Smbatyan. By Dr Tatevik Shakhkulyan and Ambassador Ashot Smbatyan. Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935) is an Armenian composer, music collector, musicologistand music performer. Devoting his entire life to research of traditional Armenian music, he created a national Armenian style of music composition and outlined paths for development of Armenian music. He was one of the pioneers in ethnomusicology in the world. Komitas is one of the most known personalities in the entire history of Armenia. His life and his activity symbolize the “Armenianness”. Many Armenians perceive him as an identity. Komitas’s birth name was Soghomon Soghomonian. He…

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina On Cover Diplomat Magazine

Diplomat Magazine unveils its cover story edition on Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Mother of Humanity. The launching of the special issue took place in The Hague on Thursday 12 September 2019. Diplomat Magazine unveiled its latest cover story “Sheikh Hasina: The Mother of Humanity” on 12 September 2019 in The Hague. The new edition was introduced to members of The Hague-based diplomatic corps, international media, think-tanks, business and political personalities, in a simple ceremony at Crowne Plaza Promenade. Ambassadors of China, Malaysia, Rwanda, Indonesia, Vietnam, Iran, Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, State of Palestine, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola,…

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11 years since the occupation of 20% of Georgia’s territory

By H.E. George Sharvashidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 11 years have passed since Russia’s aggression against Georgia in 2008. After the invasion, Russian Federation illegally occupied Georgia’s historical regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. As a result of the occupation, security and stability on the ground is constantly being threatened. Local population faces severe socio-economic ruin and humanitarian hurdles, gross violations of human rights and ethnic discrimination is being promoted, people are deprived of their lives. Moreover, Russia has intensified the steps towards factual annexation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, seeking full incorporation…

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