August 15, 2020

Bringing the Heritage of Past into the Future

By Randy Berry, Consul General of the United States of America in Amsterdam. When I took up my post as Consul General for the United States in Amsterdam, I was keenly aware that I’d inherited a rich and complicated legacy in the form of the building in which the current Consulate General is housed.  As a former history teacher, I have been enthralled with proper study and researching the past; as a diplomat, I’m cognizant of the need not only to preserve cultural heritage, but also to project a hopeful and inclusive image for the future. The current location of…

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Ambassador Sri Lanka to chair three key global organizations

                            By Bonnie Klap. Mr. Buddhi Athauda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to The Netherlands, was unanimously elected to chair three world renowned organizations based in The Hague. No less than 115 member states elected Ambassador Athauda to lead the Budget Committee as Chairman for the Permanent Court of Arbitration ( PCA), as Chairperson for the year 2014 for the Common Fund for Commodities ( CFC) at the 25th Annual Meeting of Governing Council and as Vice-Chairman of the 18th session of the Conference of States Parties to…

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Serbia Today

By Petar Vico, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in the Netherlands.  The Republic of Serbia or Република Србија (the name of our country written in Serbian language – Cyrillic script) is a country located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula. Due to its unique and strategically sensitive location, bridging West and East, Serbia has been often referred to as the crossroads of Europe or the gateway of Europe. During the history, this geographic position was not always a blessing, since many wars swept through Serbia. In today’s new Europe of peaceful nations and collaboration, this unique position…

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From the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

Special message from H.E. Carlos Arguello, Ambassador of Nicaragua and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in The Hague.

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Poland-Holland: two siblings, or beyond the Hanseatic League

                            By Dr. Jan Borkowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I remember that when I learned that I was going to The Hague as the Polish Ambassador, lots of cross-cutting thoughts came to my mind. Holandia! (as we call this country in Polish). The West in a nutshell, which all its achievements and challenges. And, what was especially valuable to me as a European Union scholar, one of the cradles of the European integration. I also looked forward to the…

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Haim Divon’s Cycling Diplomacy

By Dr. Eugenio Matos G. Honorary Associate Publisher of Diplomat Magazine, Minister Counselor, Dominican Republic Embassy, The Hague. From 7 to 9 December 2013, Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited  Israel  to launch bilateral cooperation forums with the two administrations. He was accompanied by  Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and Henk Kamp and by Minister of Economic Affairs who joined later on the Mission. Mr. Rutte and his companions rode on bicycles, rented by the TelAvivMunicipality along Rothschild Boulevard. They were guided to see Bauhaus-style buildings in the boulevard near the statue…

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Cuba : Example of Resistance and Solidarity.

By Zelmys Maria Dominguez Cortina, Ambassador of Cuba to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Each January 1st marks the anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution – that in 1959, put end to one of the bloodiest dictatorships of Latin America. The will of the Cuban people of ruling their own destiny became the main source of conflict with the powerful neighbor of the North, the United States of America, which believes that Cuba should be forever their backyard, as part of the written destiny for the Biggest Island of the Antilles. However, Cuba followed the ideas of the Cuban National hero Jose Marti, by creating a sovereign anti-discriminatory project of…

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The Sultanate of Oman’s Key Economic Goals and Aspirations.

By Muhammed Harub Al Said, Ambassador of Oman to the Netherlands. Since His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said ascended the throne in 1970, Oman has pursued a successful programme of economic development and sustainability. In just over four decades His Majesty the architect of the al nahdha (Renaissance), the Sultanate has been transformed from a geographically and politically isolated country with limited resources and rudimentary infrastructure into a prosperous modern society. Currently the world is facing one of the worst economic recession since the great Depression of the previous century. The oil producing countries have been affected by the global…

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Cuscatlán*

                            By Vladimiro P.Villalta, Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador. Centroamericanos, Paz no es una utopía, es la sublime realización del ser humano, unidos la forjaremos! VPV I take this pleasant opportunity that the Diplomat Magazine offers me – which I appreciate – to express our gratitude to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its continuous approach and cooperation with my country, El Salvador and with Central America. I would like to extent more about this productive relationship between both our countries, however, the magic of…

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Royal Visit to Colombia

By Eduardo Pizarro Leongómez, Ambassador of Colombia. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima paid an official visit to Colombia on 22 November. Their Majesties were received by the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos. President Santos expressed to the King and Queen the importance that this visit symbolizes, as it will allow to advance in strengthening the relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which is a traditional partner and strategic ally within the European Union. In addition, President Santos spoke with the King and Queen of the Netherlands about the…

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