August 15, 2020

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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Setting Sail on a New Voyage of China-Netherlands Relations

By H.E. Dr. Hong Xu, Ambassador of China to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. As the gateway to Europe, the powerful merchant fleet is one of the symbols of the Netherlands. China-Netherlandsrelations, in my eyes, are as well like a great ship sailing in the sea. In the over 400-year-old friendship history, this great ship managed to cleave through the waves and keep moving forward. Particularly, following the historic exchange visits by President Xi Jinping and His Majesty King Willem-Alexander in 2014 and 2015, this ship has sailed smoothly into a new channel of “open and pragmatic partnership for comprehensive…

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Wines of Portugal

By H.E. Ms. Rosa Batoréu, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I could not agree more with the well known wine journalist Rui Falcão when he says that “variety is the keyword when you’re talking about Portuguese wine.”  Indeed, been a relatively small country (mainland 218 km wide and 561 km long), yet diverse, Portugal offers a stunning variety of terroirs, grape varieties and blends. While many top winemaking countries specialize in a handful of grape varieties, relying on standard, international options, Portugal is home to over 250 indigenous varieties, offering unique opportunities for those…

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Uruguay: views and visions

H.E. Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre is the Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. After graduating in International Relations and pursuing three years of legal studies at the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay, Ambassador Dupuy Lasserre pursued the diplomatic career. In her high-profile career, she was President of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011-12, being the first woman to chair it, on behalf of GRULAC; while being Uruguay’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva (2009-2014). During a lunch at the emblematic Hotel Des Indes in The Hague, Ambassador Dupuy…

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