August 10, 2020

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

In the picture His Excellency Dr. Xu Hong, Ambassador of China to The Netherlands. 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…

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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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l’Arménie en tete de la Francophonie

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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