A delegation from the Netherlands Embassy headed by Ambassador Jan Waltmans visited Basrah for the celebration of appointing a Honorary Consul. The delegation visited the governor, Dr. Majid Alnasrawi, to hand a copy of the note of the Iraqi Government approval on assigning the Honorary Consul, Mr. Simon Damen Willems, along with a discussion about the positive impact the appointment can have on cooperation between Basrah and the Netherlands. The delegation also visited the Head of the Provincial Council in Basrah, Mr. Sabah Albazooni, in which the discussions were about the positive impact of appointing an Honorary Consul in Basrah. In particular the agriculture and water management sectors were mention, in addition to the energy sector. At the official ceremony of appointing the Honorary Consul, the Ambassador handed over the official document of his appointment to Mr. Simon Damen Willems. The Ambassador indicated in his speech the depth of the bilateral relations since 16th Century. Representatives of the Basrah Governor and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of this renewed diplomatic representation of the Netherlands in Basrah.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, early morning a charter flight from the Netherlands landed at Baghdad International Airport with migrants voluntarily returning to Iraq after they left Iraq several years ago. The International Organization of Migration and the Ministry of Migration and Displacement were at the airport to facilitate their return. These migrants have voluntarily decided to come back to their homeland as they weren’t provided with what the illegal smugglers promised them. The Netherlands and Iraq are working together towards a peaceful and prosperous Iraq and helping Iraqis return home is an important part of that. The Iraqi government has been working with EU countries to increase the amount of voluntarily returnees, when they did not receive an asylum in the Netherlands or elsewhere in the EU. What is your suggestion to the Iraqi government to encourage Iraqis to participate in building good living conditions in Iraq? Share your reply via our Facebook page.
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This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.
On Tuesday August 9, prime-minister Mark Rutte visited Iraq. The prime-minister’s trip, which was kept secret due to security reasons, included visits to both Baghdad and Erbil. In Baghdad Rutte met with prime-minister Abadi, several UN and coalition dignitaries, and enjoyed an extensive lunch with Iraqi youth. In Erbil the prime-minister spoke with Kurdish leader Barzani and met with Dutch forces stationed in the north.
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Development Cooperation announced on Thursday a new humanitarian assistance package for Iraq in the amount of €4.3 million. This announcement is in response to the acute humanitarian crises faced by the civilians displaced by the fighting in Fallujah.
On behalf of all of us at the Embassy I would like to wish for all Iraqi’s, and especially the Muslims, Ramadan Kareem. There is time for reflection and joy for those who can celebrate this month together with loved ones. Our thoughts are with so many people who are suffering from the relentless terror of Da’esh, and those who miss a loved one in this time of war. The Netherlands supports the government and people of Iraq to retake their destiny from evil and to build a prosperous and peaceful country in which there is room for all. Deputy Ambassador Jan van Weijen
The Dutch Repatriation and Departure Service of the Ministry of Security and Justice, on behalf of all ERIN partner countries, has launched a tender for a public contract for counselling and referral services to citizens who return to their countries of origin.