January 22, 2020

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From the Past to the Future – Poland on 100 Anniversary of Regaining its Independence

By H.E. Mr. Marcin Czepelak, Ambassador of Poland in The Netherlands. There is a painting hanging on the wall in the reception lounge of the Polish Embassy in the Hague. The painting (author unknown) is dated at 1597 and shows the Binnenhof and Lange Viverberg from de Plaats in the Hague. Among others, we can see a figure of Paweł Działyński, most likely first Polish envoy to the Union of Utrecht, which will later turn into the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Poland and the Netherlands had a very good relation then. Initially, they were based on trade since Poland was…

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The Slovak Republic 25 years After

By H.E. Roman Buzek, Ambassador of Slovakia in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On the 1st of January 2018, it has been already 25 years since the amicable, well-negotiated and smooth dissolution of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic brought into existence two successor democratic states: the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Many doubted whether the separation of two countries was going to be successful. Many feared the separation would bring yet another bloody conflict in the heart of Europe. But these fears proved groundless as the split was truly peaceful and friendly. Just like two siblings who grew…

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Priorities and challenges of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council

Main priorities and challenges of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. By H.E.  Rumen Alexandrov, Ambassador of Bulgaria in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU is both a privilege challenge and responsibility for us. Bulgaria joined the EU 11 years ago and today it has the chance to shape the EU’s policies in key areas. For us, the Presidency is also a chance to show our partners a different side of Bulgaria:  A country in which the cohesion funds are bringing about visible change and contributing…

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Connecting Past and Now, Japan and the Netherlands

By H.E. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. When I assumed my post as Ambassador of Japan in the Netherlands about two years ago, I was of course familiar with the shared history of our countries which has been over 400 years relationship, but living here has truly made me realise how deeply entwined the connection between Japan and the Netherlands is. In February 2017, I had a chance to visit the place that was the key to the beginnings of this relationship: Dejima, a once fan-shaped artificial island, which as a served trading post…

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Dankuwel en Tot Ziens Nederland!

By Abir Ali – Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of Lebanon in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. (February 2013 – January 2018). As I prepare to leave the Netherlands, I reflect on the five years I spent in this beautiful country with joy and satisfaction. Working in The Hague has been a gratifying experience for me, at times challenging yet always enjoyable. Lebanon and the Netherlands enjoy excellent relations. During my stay in Holland, our relations witnessed a remarkable boost. For the past years, Lebanon has been facing an unprecedented challenge represented by the Syrian refugee crisis. The impact on our…

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The Ambassadors Lunch

On the picture the Ambassadors of Bosnia – H.E. Mirsada Colakovic, Canada – H.E. Sabine Nölke, Tanzania – H.E. Ms. Irene Florence M. Kasyanju, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, Austria – H.E. Dr Heidemaria Gürer, Pakistan – H.E. Mrs. Iffat Imran Gardezi, Kosovo – H.E. Vjosa Dobruna, Estonia – H.E. Ms Kaili Terras, Portugal – H.E. Mrs. Rosa Batoréu, Albania – H.E. Adia Sakiqi, Chile – H.E. Maria Teresa de Jesus Infante Caffi, Palestine – H.E. Rawan Sulaiman, Lebanon – Ms. Abir Ali, Romania – H.E. Brandusa Predescu, Brazil – H.E. Ms. Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop, Cameroon – H.E. Odette Melono, New…

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Openness from tradition. The consular work of the City of Frankfurt am Main

By Mayor Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt am Main. Representations of foreign states reside in capital cities? Usually, but not always! Frankfurt is certainly not the seat of the provincial government, but nevertheless the majority of the 108 consulates in the State of Hessen are located in the economic and logistical centre of the state. The Hessian Consular Corps therefore enjoys a special privilege, as it is cared for equally by the Hessian state government as well as the municipal authorities of the City of Frankfurt am Main. The Hessian State Chancellery and the Frankfurt Department of Communications and…

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My resignation as ‘the city ambassador of The Hague’ after 14 years

                            By Jhr mr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland. This will be my last contribution to Diplomat Magazine. To say goodbye. During many years I wrote articles every month in my honorary function as ‘Special Advisor International Affairs of the City of The Hague’, or –as some Dutch newspapers (NRC Handelsblad, De Telegraaf, AD Haagsche Courant) called me several years ago and ever since (with a wink !)- ‘the city ambassador of The Hague’. In the 80’s and especially the 90’s of the 20th century The Haghe…

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Foreign Minister Zarif: Europe must work with Iran

By Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Dec. 10, 2017 Tehran— On a crisp morning in Vienna two summers ago, hours before concluding the nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and five other world powers, I took to Twitter to write that the landmark accord was “not a ceiling but a solid foundation.” Unfortunately, for the past 11 months, the response to Iran’s good faith has been tantrums from the Trump administration. But the unreliability of the United States — from climate change to Palestine— has become predictable. Our main concern now…

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Minister of Tolerance of the UAE

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance of the UAE. Picture by Government of the UAE Tolerance, an intricate Emirati value By HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance (United Arab Emirates) The Ministry of Tolerance was initiated merely in the year 2016 yet its roots go back generations, in an effort to continue the support and celebration of our diverse country. In a time of on-going political tensions, regionally and globally, it is imperative that we encourage individuals in the UAE and from across the world to respect one another. To be able…

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