ministry of foreign affairs

Murat Memis
Jun 12 '19 08:12

The SP faction leader in the Eindhoven city council is being held in Turkey. Murat Memis was arrested and spent four days in jail. He was then released, but he is not allowed to leave Turkey while awaiting trial, Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma informed the city council on Tuesday evening, NOS reports.

Children in a refugee camp
Jun 10 '19 12:40

Two Dutch orphans from ISIS families were transferred to a Dutch government delegation in Ain Issa in Northern Syria on Sunday, Abdulkarim Omar, who is responsible for foreign relations as a director of the Kurdish region in northern Syria, said on Twitter. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not confirm the transfer on Monday morning, ANP reports.

Santiago shells on walking sticks sold to people making the pilgrimage to the Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela
Jun 10 '19 08:52

Two Dutch women were hit by a car near the Spanish village of Fresno del Camino on Sunday morning. A 63-year-old woman from Utrecht died in hospital. Her 67-year-old friend is in critical condition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NOS after reports in Spanish media.

The accident happened on the hiking route to the popular pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela. The two women were walking through the city of Leon. They were hit by the car at a tunnel near Fresno del Camino, according to the broadcaster.

FlixBus
Jun 5 '19 12:24

A Flixbus bus on its way from Munich to Amsterdam collided with a truck in Germany during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Seven people were injured, three of whom seriously. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can not yet say whether any of the victims are Dutch, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ewold Hold
Jun 3 '19 11:00

Ewold Horn's death in the Philippines can be blamed on the Dutch government, according to Warren Rodwell from Australia, a former hostage of terrorist movement Abu Sayyaf. The fact that the 54-year-old Dutch man was still a hostage of Abu Sayyaf after seven years shows that the Dutch government did not put enough effort into getting him released, Rodwell said to Dagblad van het Noorden.

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May 31 '19 16:10

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad expressed doubts about Russia's involvement in the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The Netherlands asked Malaysia for an explanation, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ewold Hold
May 31 '19 09:01

Dutch man Ewold Horn was killed on Friday morning while trying to escape his hostage takers in the Philippines, the Philippine military said in a statement. The Dutch birdwatcher has been a hostage of terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf for years.

"I am shocked by this terrible outcome, and express my sympathies to Ewold's family," Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok said in a statement about the Groningen man. "I have also been in contact with the family. I am going to ask my Filipino counterpart for further clarification.” 

Dutch and American flags at the American WWII cemetery in Margraten
May 27 '19 14:00

The Netherlands honored the American soldiers who fought and died in the Second World War during a Memorial Day ceremony at the American cemetery in Margraten on Saturday. American ambassador Pete Hoekstra was among the attendees. "Today, we stand here with bowed heads, deeply grateful to these fallen soldiers for the legacy they have given us. A legacy of freedom and justice for all", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said in his speech at the ceremony. 

Boy working in a textile factory
May 24 '19 15:40

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed 35 million euros to a program committed to bringing an end to child labor Work: No Child's Business, the Ministry announced at a symposium in The Hague celebrating the 15 year anniversary of development aid organization Hivos' department Stop Child Labor, Hivos said in a press statement. 

Madagascar
May 20 '19 08:42

A Dutch woman was shot in the face during a robbery while on vacation in Madagascar over the weekend. The bullet used turned out to be composed of corn and scrap. "If there had been a real bullet in that gun, my wife would be dead now", husband Tim Doelman said to the Telegraaf.

China national flags
May 15 '19 14:30

Collaboration with China is of great importance to the Netherlands, but with that cooperation the Netherlands must pay attention to the ideological differences that exist between the two countries, the Dutch government said in its new 'China strategy'. The 100-page long document outlines economic opportunities, but also concerns, NOS reports.

Turkey
May 14 '19 12:30

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for Turkey on Monday to warn Dutch travelers to the country that phone privacy is not something that is respected in Turkey. Phones and other electronic devices can be searched at Turkish airports, and statements made on social media may be punishable in the country, the Ministry warns, NU.nl reports.

Stef Blok
May 10 '19 16:00

The Dutch government hopes that the United States and China manage to avert a trade war. Nobody has an interest in a trade war and free trade is crucial for the Netherlands, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, NOS reports.

A trade war between the two giants seem increasingly likely. The US is threatening to raise import tariffs on goods from China to 25 percent, according to the broadcaster. According to American president Donald Trump, China is not keeping its promises.

Willemstad, Curacao
May 3 '19 10:00

American companies can again do business with the Isla refinery in Curacao, despite United States sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA. The Curacao government owns the refinery and leases it to PdVSA, NOS reports

Aerial photo of the Colombo, Sri Lanka coast
Apr 23 '19 07:35

Another two Dutch people were identified on Monday as victims of attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. That brings the total number of Dutch victims killed to three, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

The 48-year-old woman and 12-year-old girl, believed to be mother and daughter, died in a suicide bombing at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo - the same bombing in which the other Dutch victim,a 54-year-old woman, was killed, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 16 '19 09:09

A holiday to Sri Lanka ended in tragedy for a family from the Noord-Brabant town of Zevenbergen. The family was involved in a serious traffic accident in Matale. Their 21-year-old son Timo succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night, RTL Nieuws reports.

Stef Blok
Apr 9 '19 16:50

The Dutch government is willing to give the British another postponement for the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, because it is also in the Netherlands best interest. "The Dutch interest is that there should be a regulated Brexit and not a hard Brexit. If postponement contributes to that, it is positive", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said, NU.nl reports.

Belgian police patrolling on a canal in Antwerp
Apr 8 '19 11:40

Four Dutch people were hospitalized after a boating accident on the Schelde in Antwerp on Friday. Two speedboats crashed into each other. A total of 20 Dutch people were injured, NOS reports.

The two speedboats, with captains, were hired by a Dutch company for its annual corporate outing. The speedboats collided shortly after departure. Multiple people ended up in the water. A diving team from the local fire brigade rescued two people from the water, the others were picked up by a water taxi, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported.

Stef Blok
Apr 3 '19 14:20

The Asian state of Brunei implemented new strict Islamic laws on Wednesday, which allows the death penalty for homosexual intercourse and for women who had an abortion to be publicly flogged. The Netherlands is "deeply concerned" by these "inhumane penalties", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Aairs said on Twitter.

"A serious breach of international human rights", the Dutch Foreign Minister said. "The Netherlands joins [UN Human Rights Chief] Michelle Bachelet in urging the government of Brunei to halt implementation of the revised Penal Code."

Bunk beds
Apr 1 '19 08:31

The Dutch government must do more against child asylum seekers disappearing from asylum centers. Over the past five years, 60 minor Vietnamese asylum seekers disappeared from Dutch asylum centers under dubious circumstances, and nothing seems to be done about it, National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Herman Bolhaar said to Nieuwsuur.

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Mar 27 '19 08:17

Earlier this month the Netherlands and Australia had a first meeting with Russia about the country's liability in the MH17 disaster, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne revealed in a press conference in Australia. Both Ministers stressed that they are doing everything in their power to get justice to the victims of the disaster, NOS reports.

Dutch police officer
Mar 12 '19 15:50

From May 1st diplomats will no longer just get away with traffic violations in the Netherlands. The number of traffic violations committed by diplomats increased explosively over the past years, and the Dutch government is therefore implementing a new system to address the situation, RTL Nieuws reports.

Kim Jong-un
Feb 26 '19 07:36

Dutch customs officers at the port of Rotterdam intercepted a container with 90 thousand bottles of vodka, which were likely intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his army command, newspaper AD reports. The container was found in a ship, hidden under the hull of an aircraft on Friday.

Willemstad on Curacao
Feb 21 '19 07:45

The parliament of Curacao is angry at Dutch Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs for announcing that the island will become a hub for humanitarian aid to Venezuela. The parliamentarians believe that the Minister put the island in a difficult position by making the announcement before Curacao's Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath could explain his plan to the population.

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