August 15, 2020

International public opinion deserves to know the truth

By H.E. Ms. Soraya Alvarez, Ambassador of Cuba to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in the Kingdom of The Netherlands refers to measures announced last April 17th by the current US Administration which reflect the progressive and declared the intention to deteriorate bilateral relations and tight its unilateral and illegal sanctions against Cuba. The measures are aimed at further reducing the very limited trade exchange between Cuba and the USA and specifically attack the Cuban financial sector. There is an extremely extraterritorial persecution in place, intended to hinder third-country entities and business persons, threatening…

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International public opinion deserves to know the truth

The Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in the Kingdom of The Netherlands refers to measures announced last April 17th by the current US Administration which reflect the progressive and declared the intention to deteriorate bilateral relations and tight its unilateral and illegal sanctions against Cuba. The measures are aimed at further reducing the very limited trade exchange between Cuba and the USA and specifically attack the Cuban financial sector. There is an extremely extraterritorial persecution in place, intended to hinder third-country entities and business persons, threatening them with legal reprisals or the denial of visas to enter the United States,…

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A verily global institution, the Commonwealth at 70

An interview with VI Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Diplomat Magazine had the honour of speaking to Her Excellency The Right Honourable The Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, VI Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations in the framework of the 37th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly held at Bucureşti, Romania (Romanian Presidency of the EU Council/ https://www.romania2019.eu/home/) DM: Excellency, you are a speaker at ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Can you provide an overview of the manner wherein three major multilateral organisations collaborate? What are the key interests shared by the Commonwealth of Nations (53 member states), the EU (28 member states) as…

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Baden-Württemberg – thinking ahead as a pro-European partner in the EU and beyond 

By H.E. Mr.  Guido Wolf, Minister of Justice and European Affairs of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany). Baden-Württemberg: “A historical stroke of fortune” in the heart of Europe Located in the German Southwest, Baden-Württemberg shares borders with the EU members France and Austria as well as with Switzerland as a non-member state. The river Rhine marks the border to France; one of the seats of the European institutions is in Strasbourg on the left bank of the river Rhine. In 1952, the states of Württemberg-Baden, Baden and Württemberg-Hohenzollern merged to form a single cohesive state in Germany’s Southwest. A historical stroke of…

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MIKTA: Cooperation and Development

By Julián Ventura, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. Mexico is convinced of the irreplaceable value of diplomacy, with an outstanding multilateral tradition and a demonstrated capacity to engage in dialogue and build consensus. It is in this spirit that we participate in MIKTA, an informal consultation space with Australia, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea and Turkey. The five countries have our own significant presence in the international stage. We decided to come together, as friends and partners, to promote common priorities and explore innovative strategies to face global challenges. We are located in different regions, and we possess…

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Republic of Moldova – Discover the routes of life

By H.E. Ms. Tatiana Pârvu, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I have joined the Diplomatic Corps in the Netherlands in June last year when I presented my Credentials as Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and later in autumn as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.  Our Embassy was established less than a decade ago with the objectives to promote bilateral relations with the host country as well as multilateral cooperation with multiple international organizations sitting in the Netherlands. I am honoured to…

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Georgia and the Netherlands

George Sharvashidze, talks about cooperation between Georgia and the Netherlands

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From the past to the future

By H.E. Ms. Mirsada Čolaković, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It seems as if it was only yesterday when I was a young diplomat in the mid 1990’s representing my newly independent country to the Benelux. This is where my first ties and personal connections with the Netherlands began. Today, I have the privilege to serve my country as Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as Permanent Representative to the international organizations located in The Hague.   The Netherlands, 27 years ago, was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic…

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What is it so special about Armenia?

By H.E. Mr Tigran Balayan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This question was formulated by an Ambassador, accredited to Armenia, after the victory of non-violent revolution in Armenia in 2018. And since, many are trying to answer this question, I would offer you my version of the answer. Armenia: a landlocked country of a big nation, a unique corner of creativity and bright minds, an island of hospitality and warm smiles. While speaking about Armenia one can use many characteristics, objective and subjective ones, but most won’t argue that the very special thing…

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Afghanistan, a fragile undertaking in a post-conflict peacebuilding

By H.E. Dr. M. Homayoon AziziAmbassador of Afghanistan in The Netherlands. Permanent representative of Afghanistan to OPCW Decades after it became a high-profile topic for the national and international dialogue agenda, post-conflict peacebuilding remains a fragile undertaking with mixed results. While there is little doubt that peacebuilding will continue to require international attention, the lessons of the last decades do not add up to a successful record. Peacebuilding is a Multi-Dimensional Enterprise with Several Pillars: While various actors define these pillars differently, there is consensus that peacebuilding has political, social, economic, security and legal dimensions, each of which requires attention. Distinguishing…

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