Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has spoken out about the ongoing wave of violence that has recently engulfed Iraq, responding to reports by the UN that more than 1,000 people have been killed and over 2,300 wounded in violence over the past month.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to Egypt, with the exception of holiday destinations on the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, due to the deteriorating security situation in the country. Following an emergency meeting with ambassador Gerard Steeghs this afternoon, the ministry decided to issue the travel advisory after dozens of people were killed in violent demonstrations in Cairo this morning.
‘Nuclear and radioactive material can be used peacefully only if its security is guaranteed. At the same time, nuclear security cannot be considered separately from nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. This is an important ambition, and President Obama’s comments on this subject in Berlin last week were encouraging,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, speaking at the International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna.
In the afternoon of Monday 24 June, Nigeria executed four people who had been sentenced to death. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned and deeply deplored the executions. 'The Netherlands opposes the death penalty in all circumstances', he said. 'I therefore call on the Nigerian government, at both federal and state level, to restore the de facto moratorium on the death penalty and refrain from further executions, in accordance with Nigeria's international pledges.'
During his visit to Nizip, the Syrian refugee camp near Gaziantep, Turkey, foreign minister Frans Timmermans pledged an additional €3 million for the reception of Syrian refugees.
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans today discussed the peace initiative taken by US President Barrack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, urging the Palestinians to embrace the initiative. Mr Timmermans conveyed the same message yesterday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Netherlands is to set up forums for cooperation with Israel. This has been agreed by foreign minister Frans Timmermans and prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel. Today, Mr Timmermans will forge a similar agreement with the prime minister of the Palestinian Territories, Rami Hamdallah.
Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs, opens the third Freedom Online conference with a speech on internet freedom.
Next week, foreign minister Frans Timmermans will visit Tunisia, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Turkey.
The Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten have entered into an agreement with Venezuela to expand political and economic cooperation.