January 28, 2020

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Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: A strong Europe in a world of challenges

By H.E. Dr. Gordan Grlić Radman,  Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. The Republic of Croatia is proud to take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time in the first half of 2020. During the six-month period, Croatia is determined to promote the interests of the European Union and its citizens and position itself on the European and international political, economic and cultural scene. Croatia’s Presidency comes at a time of great changes for the European Union; the beginning of a new institutional and legislative cycle following the…

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Mexico: Much More than Meets the Eye

By H.E. Mr. José Antonio Zabalgoitia, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mexico fascinates, conquers and amazes everyone who visits it, but it also faces stereotyped perceptions from those who have never been there. Let me try to convince you to go, or to return one more time. Perhaps you have heard about its wonderful tourist destinations, its rich and delicious gastronomy, or its natural diversity and eye-catching landscapes. From a relaxed stay at the blue Caribbean Sea to an eco-touristic adventure through the whale sanctuaries in Baja California, Mexico has traditionally been an attractive tourist destination….

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Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN in a Changing World

Priorities of Viet Nam’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 By H.E. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands Viet Nam takes over the ASEAN Chairmanship in a rapidly changing regional and  global landscape where opportunities are intertwined with challenges. Amidst the prevailing trends of peace, stability and cooperation for development, new uncertainties, disruptions and complexities are arising from the geostrategic, political, economic, societal and technological domains. As a result, regional countries are under greater pressure to carefully navigate their policies to maintain an environment conducive to peace, stability and economic growth.  Multilateralism in Viet Nam’s Foreign Policy  2020 holds a significant…

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El Salvador to Host Historic Edition of 2020 ISA World Surfing Games

By H.E. Mr. Agustín Vásquez Gómez, Ambassador of El Salvador to the Netherlands. The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced by mid January 2020 that El Salvador has been chosen as host of the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, to take place on May 9 – 17 of this year. Twelve Olympic Qualifiers will be determined, making 2020 a historic edition of the event. ISA President Fernando Aguerre said, “The ISA World Surfing Games will bring an unprecedented level of global attention to the country and the nearly unlimited world-class resource that is its year-round waves. Olympic dreams will be fulfilled, creating a highly…

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China receives the new Dutch measures on telecommunication safety and integrity

The Dutch government has recently issued an administrative order on Safety and Integrity of Telecommunications. Speaking to the press, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands rejected speculations claiming that the order would negatively affect Chinese companies like Huawei. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has recently issued an administrative order concerning the Safety and Integrity of Telecommunications. The order stipulates that “critical parts” of the Dutch telecommunications network must be provided by so-called “trusted suppliers” – a limitation that would kick out of the game providers suspected of being engaged in espionage activities, either directly or through ties with…

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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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Azerbaijan and the Netherlands: Mutually beneficial cooperation relations and their prospects

By H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The year of 2019 was an important milestone for the Republic of Azerbaijan in terms of its foreign policy. Thus, hundred years ago, on 9 July 1919, the Government of the Azerbaijan People’s (Democratic) Republic (ADR) adopted a temporary instruction on the Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to a Decree of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, this date was taken as the basis for the establishment of the Day of employees of the Diplomatic Service of Azerbaijan.  One century separates us…

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Ambassador Belal elected as next MD of CFC

Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal got elected as the next Managing Director of the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) on 04 December 2019. The election took place on 04 December 2019 during the Governing Council Meeting of the CFC in The Hague, where member states decided by consensus from a list of six candidates by vote. Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal will, therefore, be the next Managing Director of the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), an autonomous intergovernmental financial institution established within the framework of the United Nations for the next four years.  Presently, 101 States including Bangladesh, Netherlands,…

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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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