ministry of foreign affairs

Feb 18 '15 08:33

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders has revoked the visas of three Muslim preachers who were scheduled to speak at a benefit in Rijswijk on 8 March. This was supposedly done because these imams are "hate preachers." It is not clear exactly who these imams are.

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Feb 18 '15 07:58

The United Nations has decided to to support the Minsk political agreement, but has also clearly stated that the perpetrators involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 must not get amnesty, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said.

Feb 16 '15 09:55

Representatives of more than 40 European countries will meet at a conference to discuss UN Peacekeeping missions today and tomorrow. This is at the invitation of Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs.

Feb 13 '15 08:45

The Dutch embassy in Sana'a in Yemen has been temporarily closed due to political tensions in the country. The embassy's staff has already left the country.

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Feb 3 '15 09:15

Fréderike Geerdink, the Dutch journalist living in Turkey who was taken in for questioning in January, may be facing a prison sentence of between 1 and 5 years. The Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakir is prosecuting her for "making propaganda for a terrorist organization".

Feb 2 '15 14:36

The situation in the Ukraine will be one of the top points of discussion in the Benelux-Balts consultation in Estonia on Tuesday and Wednesday. Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs), who will participate in the consultation, will also speak with his Latvia counterpart, Rinkevics, before the consultation to make his concerns about the violence in Ukraine known.

Feb 2 '15 11:17

"The growing extremist violence of Boko Haram must be fought more effectively. It is good that African countries take the initiative to do so," said Dutch foreign affairs minster Bert Koenders in Addis Ababa after the annual summit of the African Union (AU).

Jan 20 '15 10:22

The Netherlands is likely to join a new European mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). The government is prepared to make a few staff officers available for the military mission EUMAM CAR, if requested.

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Jan 20 '15 07:50

Gerrit van Wingerden's ship has been found about 50 kilometers off the coast of Honduras. Van Wingerden has been missing for a month. The sailboat is badly damaged in the mast and railings, reported the Honduran newspaper Diario Tiempo on the authority of the Coast Guard.

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Jan 7 '15 13:38

The relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey was yet again put to the test when Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought into questioning by the Turkish terrorism police on January 6. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, was attending the annual ambassadors' conference in Turkey and was quick to react to the case.

Gambia
Dec 30 '14 19:16

Dutch travellers are being told to avoid the Gambian capital of Banjul after an attempted coup there. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands issued the travel warning for Banjul on Tuesday.

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Dec 29 '14 07:43

A Dutch tourist was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Saturday in Panama City, the capital of Panama. Another Dutch tourist was injured, the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa reported on Saturday.

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Dec 23 '14 11:33

The Nigerian who had been treated for Ebola in the UMC Utrecht in recent weeks, has returned to Africa. He has been cured and can not infect others

Nov 21 '14 14:37

After presenting a business case to improve power and electrical supply to hospitals in Rwanda, Alliander & Cordaid won the "Best New Partnership Award" in The Partnership Election 2014. This competition challenges young professionals to form a partnership with a NGO and/or the government and develop a business case in a developing country.

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Nov 18 '14 11:06

A mother from Maastricht has single-handedly rescued her daughter from the Syrian city of Raqqa. Raqqa is regarded as the capital city of the caliphate of the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS).

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Nov 18 '14 10:03

The five major energy companies, which import coal from Colombia in South America, has promised to investigate any abuses and human rights violations around the coal mining.

Nov 5 '14 11:32

The Karel Doorman is being loaded with medical supplies in the port of Den Helder today. The Marine vessel will be leaving for West Africa on Thursday to take supplies for the fight against Ebola.

Oct 16 '14 16:15

The State is paying a 20 thousand euro compensation to another eight widows from Sulawesi. Their husbands were executed by Dutch soldiers in the former Dutch East Indies.

Ebola
Aug 8 '14 11:44

Dutch nationals in West African countries where the ebola virus has broken out have been asked to register themselves at the embassy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called for this measure due to the speed with which the virus is spreading, the NOS reports.

Kremlin
Jul 31 '14 08:02

The Kremlin threatened the EU with higher gas prices yesterday, in reaction to the economic sanctions that the EU called for on Tuesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow has called the EU threat an "irresponsible step."

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Jul 29 '14 10:28

After alarms were signaled in Aruba about four Venezuelan warships close to the Aruba coast, Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs made the decision to release Hugo Carvajal, a repository of Venezuelan then-president Hugo Chávez, and a suspect of drug crimes.

Dutch embassy
Jul 28 '14 11:15

The government is planning to decrease cuts planned for the Dutch embassy network after the D66 submitted a motion the last year. The planned €40 million cuts to diplomatic posts has already been cut in half. Because of this, five consulates can stay open, Het Financieele Dagblad reports.

Tripoli
Jul 28 '14 08:23

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised all Dutch citizens in Libya to leave the country after clashes between the army and Islamic fighters are escalating. Traveling to Libya is also discouraged, including layovers.

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May 21 '14 15:10

Saudi Arabia has begun imposing trade sanctions against companies based in the Netherlands in reaction to PVV-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Islam stickers. The measures will be imposed by declaration of King Abdullah, nu.nl reports.

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