January 22, 2020

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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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Viet Nam’s membership in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2020-2021

A new milestone in Multilateral Diplomacy of the country In the picture H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam. By H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands. Over the past years, following the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of foreign relations, and active international integration, Viet Nam has attached great importance to the work of multilateral mechanisms. Today, Viet Nam enjoys free trading relations with nearly 60 major countries and partners in the world as a result of its membership of 16 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), some of which are…

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Suriname, the most forested country in the world

Hosted HFLD Conference on Climate Finance Mobilization. In the picture H.E President Desire Bouterse, President of the Republic Suriname (R) and H.E Antoine Joly, Ambassador of France in Suriname (L) By Mr. Oquemele Denz MSc, Chargé d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Suriname. The Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in the Hague, Netherlands, introduces Suriname to the Diplomat Magazine as the most forested country in the world, with a forest coverage of 93%. In addition, Suriname has a low deforestation rate and with these characteristics belongs to the group of countries with High Forest cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD). It is…

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Closer than ever: North Rhine-Westphalia’s relations with the Benelux region

 By Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, Minister of European and International Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia are like twins: with around 18 million inhabitants each, they are about the same size and, with a gross domestic product of around 700 billion Euro, about the same economic strength. As one country, they would be the fifth largest economy in the European Union. The entire Benelux region and North Rhine-Westphalia taken together constitute one of the most populous and economically strong mega-regions in the world. We form the continental centrepiece and the economic backbone of Europe, which stretches like a ribbon of densely…

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