Diplomats from over 60 countries are meeting in The Hague to tighten the sanctions against the Syrian regime and improve their enforcement. This fourth meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People International Working Group on Sanctions is being hosted by foreign minister Uri Rosenthal and co-chaired by Canada and Tunisia.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has condemned yesterday’s attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya ‘in the strongest possible terms’. The US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three consulate employees were killed in the attack.
The Syrian regime faces growing difficulties, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal said today in Istanbul after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu.
In southern Turkey foreign minister Uri Rosenthal visited Kilis refugee camp, situated on the border with Syria, where he spoke with refugees and the Turkish authorities running the camp. The Minister also met with Syrian activists.
The Nuclear Security Summit being hosted by the Netherlands in March 2014 will be held in the World Forum in The Hague, Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal announced today. Over 50 heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations are expected to attend the event, which will be chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister.
‘An open, uncensored internet is essential not only for the promotion of human rights, but also for innovation and economic growth.’ This was the message of Human Rights Ambassador Lionel Veer at the second Freedom Online conference, held in Nairobi. The conference, which was opened by Mr Veer and the Kenyan Minister for Information and Communication, Samuel Pogisho, follows the Hague Conference on Internet Freedom hosted by Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal in December 2011.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal praised the achievements of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on its 15th anniversary: ‘The OPCW has made tremendous progress in recent years and remains as relevant as ever to our efforts to create a world free of chemical weapons.’
The transatlantic bond is as important as ever to the Netherlands and essential to global stability. This was the key message that foreign minister Uri Rosenthal conveyed in his introductory address at the election debate on 28 August hosted by the Netherlands Atlantic Association, founded 60 years ago this year.
The Hague has gained another international organisation. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) is opening an office there for its programme to help developing countries and new democracies draft and amend their constitutions. The headquarters agreement was signed today.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has summoned the Eritrean chargé d’affaires ad interim to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has asked him to explain why the embassy is collecting taxes and raising funds from Dutch nationals of Eritrean origin and Eritrean nationals living in the Netherlands.