ministry of foreign affairs

Syrian rescue workers the White Helmets
Dec 3 '15 16:15

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is committing 4 million euros to support rescue workers from the Syrian civil society organization White Helmets for the next two years, the Ministry announced on Thursday.

Nov 23 '15 15:13

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will be paying a visit to the Netherlands on Thursday and Friday. During his visit he will meet with King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte to discuss bilateral relations and developments in the Ukraine.

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Nov 23 '15 13:24

The Netherlands has refused to host a delegation of the United States Congress for the biannual Transatlantic Legislator's Dialogue - a meeting between the representatives of the U.S. and the EU to discuss international issues affecting both regions. The U.S. calls this refusal a "slap in the face"

Nov 19 '15 08:47

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is opposed to the Netherlands sending ground troops in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State. He thinks that by deploying ground troops, the Netherlands will be repeating past mistakes and walking into ISIS traps.

Nov 19 '15 08:11

The Dutch government is investing 1.3 million euros in independent Russian media. The government wants to give Russian-speaking people access to unbiased and propaganda-free news. They feel that the media in these areas is increasingly dominated by Russian state media and too often influenced by the Kremlin.

Nov 18 '15 07:24

The Italian police found a Dutch family that was believed to be missing in Sardinia for several days. They are unharmed. The family, consisting of a couple and two kids, was hiking and camping in a mountainous region that has no cellphone reception

asylum seekers
Nov 9 '15 10:56

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will be attending the refugee summit between the European Union and African countries in Malta on Wednesday and Thursday. Rutte, currently on a trade mission in Japan, will be leaving the Asian country after a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the summit.

Nov 6 '15 13:10

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' decision to advise people not to travel to or from the Sharm el-Sheikh airport was based on the fact that the airport's security is inadequate and not on the exact cause of the Russian aircraft crash in Sinai.

Nov 5 '15 08:00

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also decided to stop all Dutch flights to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and to stop flying over northern Sinai until Sunday at least. The Netherlands is awaiting the outcome of a British investigation on the security situation. England and Ireland are also not flying in the region for the time being.

Nov 2 '15 15:40

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs believes that Turkey needs to be a "good partner" in solving the asylum crisis, as many refugees arriving from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan do so through Turkey. He therefore wants the EU to quickly arrange a meeting with the new Turkish government to discuss how the refugee crisis will be approached

Oct 27 '15 12:35

King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will both have a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this week. A Palestinian delegation, headed by President Abbas, will be visiting the Netherlands from Wednesday.

Oct 27 '15 08:26

The Netherlands is getting two pandas from China, and without the annual one million dollar fee. The black and white bears will soon be accommodated by the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen. According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, this is "a sign of the special relationship between China and the Netherlands".

Oct 21 '15 12:19

The Netherlands has sent nine police officers to the Ukraine to monitor the situation of the conflict in the eastern part of the country. These nine officers will be working for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's observation mission.

Oct 20 '15 13:13

A letter from Turkey's right-wing party AK arriving at the homes of a large group of Turkish-Dutch people has sparked serious privacy concerns in the Netherlands. The Dutch Data Protection Authority is investigating whether the letters violate the Privacy Act.

Oct 19 '15 10:39

King Willem-Alexander and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will broach the topic of the human rights situation in China during the Royal Couple's state visit to the country at the end of this month.

Sep 22 '15 08:46

The Netherlands is refusing to take in some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the time being. The United States is "very disappointed" in the Netherlands decision, especially since most other European countries have agreed to take in some prisoners.

Sep 21 '15 10:43

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is convinced that Iran can make a large contribution to solutions for the conflicts in Syria and other countries in the region. He said this on Sunday in the Iranian capital Tehran, where he is meeting with his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, among others.

Sep 17 '15 15:30

Bert Koenders, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, is disappointed in the way that Hungary has chosen to deal with the refugees trying to enter the country. "That is not the method to jointly solve this problem in Europe", he said

Sep 14 '15 12:29

Two Dutch teenagers were wounded in a stabbing in Malta on Sunday. One of them was seriously injured. Both boys are currently out of life threatening danger and recovering well, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch embassy has made contact with them.

Sep 11 '15 09:12

The Dutch rescue worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in June, has been released after 81 days of captivity, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday. She is in good health, according to the Minister.

Sep 10 '15 10:58

A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has thrown its support behind the Netherlands extending its bombing attacks on Islamic States to also include Syria. At this stage the Netherlands is only participating in airstrikes against the terrorist organization in Iraq.

Sep 8 '15 11:13

The situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia has deteriorated so much that the Netherlands how considers them a "risk group". For this reason the Netherlands has made it easier for Russian homosexuals to find asylum here.

Sep 1 '15 12:19

Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has again not been able to reach an agreement with Morocco on adjusting the social security treaty, the treaty that regulates the payment of Dutch benefits to Dutch-Moroccans in Morocco. Ruling party VVD is now calling for the treaty to be terminated as soon as possible.

Aug 27 '15 11:06

Another eight suspected Dutch jihadists have been added to the national terrorist watch list, bringing the total number of people and organizations on this list up to 40. These eight people ware believed to be involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.


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