Ambassador Hoekstra gives a guest lecture at Erasmus University Rotterdam

By the invitation of Dr Julian Emami Namini,  Ambassador Hoekstra spoke at the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s School of Economics on the recent developments in the Dutch and EU economic relationship with the United States. A large and engaged group of students asked the Ambassador questions concerning trade, tariffs, and other economic issues. There were about 500 students in attendance. Erasmus University ...
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U.S. Charges Russian GRU Officers with International Hacking and Disinformation Operations

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 4, 2018 U.S. Charges Russian GRU Officers with International Hacking and Related Influence and Disinformation Operations Conspirators Included a Russian Intelligence “Close Access” Hacking Team that Traveled Abroad to Compromise Computer Networks Used by Anti-Doping and Sporting Officials and Organizations Investigating Russia’s Use ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Media Concerning the ICJ Decision

October 3, 2018 – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo gave remarks in the press briefing room at the Department of State. Here are his remarks regarding yesterday’s events in The Hague. “… let me turn to the ICJ ruling from today. I’m announcing that the United States is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with ...
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DHS Assistant Secretary for Cyber Affairs Speaks at the One Conference on Cyber Security

October 2 – Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Cyber Jeanette Manfra emphasized the importance of collective cyber defense at the One Conference in The Hague.  She said “Cyber security is more than a shared responsibility. We have to defend it collectively as allies.” The One Conference is an international cyber security conference and this year’s theme was ‘Merging Worlds – ...
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First Tech Sister Cities event in Eindhoven a great success.

On September 12 and 13, Dispatches Europe organized its first Tech Sister Cities event in Eindhoven, sponsored by U.S. Embassy The Hague. American investor Jonathan Blue, founder and chairman of Blue Equity, met with many representatives of Eindhoven’s tech and entrepreneurial communities. The main event, Mr. Blue’s talk called “Eyes Wide Open – How American Investors ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 25, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO THE 73RD SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I ...
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Crowds honor the memory of those who fought in Operation Market Garden

September 21-23 — Despite heavy rains, thousands showed up to pay their respects this weekend at events in honor of Operation Market Garden.  On Friday, Ambassador Hoekstra laid a wreath in Airborneplein in Arnhem to mark the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem and Operation Market Garden. Thousands of Dutch came out to pay their respects ...
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Ambassador learns about innovation and business in North-Brabant

September 17- Ambassador Hoekstra visited the Province of North-Brabant to learn about this innovative region and to visit some of the businesses located there.  He had lunch at the Provincie Huis with King’s Commissioner Wim van de Donk, Vice-Governor Bert Pauli, and others.  They discussed the drive and motivation that make the province a unique climate for ...
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Supreme Allied Commander General Scaparrotti joins Ambassador at World War II commemoration events

September 16 and 17 – U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti joined Ambassador Hoekstra at remembrance ceremonies honoring the events of Operation Market Garden and the liberation of the south of the Netherlands in September 1944.  Scaparrotti is the Commander of European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR).  The two first toured Operation Market Garden ...
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Dutch sign contract with United States to modernize fleet of Apaches

On September 14, Ambassador Hoekstra joined Principal Director of Security Assistance at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Michèle Hizon, and Dutch State Secretary for Defense Barbara Visser at Gilze-Rijen Air Base for a signing ceremony. Dutch and U.S. officials signed a contract to modernize the Dutch fleet of 28 Apache helicopters. To date, the Dutch fleet has been used ...
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Remembering those lost in the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Embassy staff gathered for a moment of silence to remember the victims of 9/11 and their families.  The flag was flown at half staff to mark the somber anniversary. Ambassador Hoekstra attended the annual memorial ceremony organized by Overseas Americans Remember.  He gave remarks at the ceremony that allowed people to come together to ...
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Fact sheet: Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from the International Criminal Court

NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE Issued on: September 10, 2018 “America is a sovereign Nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens.” Donald J. Trump President of the United States SAFEGUARDING AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY: President Donald J. Trump is committed to defending our national sovereignty and security interests. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an international ...
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Statement Regarding the Attack on U.S. Citizens in Amsterdam

Press Statement September 5, 2018- The U.S. citizens injured in the attack at Amsterdam Central Station on August 31 would like to thank some of the people who have helped them through this difficult ordeal.  First, they thank the Dutch police for their quick and professional actions.  The victims said the police have been empathetic ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 3, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok about the August 31 attack in Amsterdam Central Station that injured two U.S. citizens. The Secretary expressed appreciation for the quick response of Dutch ...
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Statement by Department of State Spokesperson: Attack on American Citizens in Amsterdam

September 2, 2018 STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Attack on American Citizens in Amsterdam The Department of State extends its concern and support for two U.S. citizens injured in an attack Friday in Amsterdam. We ask that all parties respect the privacy of the victims and their families at this difficult ...
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Statement by Ambassador Hoekstra: Attack at Amsterdam Centraal Station

Press Statement Pete Hoekstra Ambassador September 1, 2018 I want to express my support to those who were attacked at Amsterdam Centraal Station yesterday. We are aware that both victims were U.S. citizens visiting the Netherlands and have been in touch with them or their families. We wish them a speedy recovery and are working ...
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101 year old World War II veterans share stories of liberating the Netherlands

World War II veterans Captain Roy Hanna and Lieutenant Colonel James “Maggie” Megellas visited the Embassy August 30 for a question and answer session with the Embassy staff.  This was one of many trips the men have made to the Netherlands, but they focused on the first time they entered the country in September of ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra and Mayor Koen tour Wassenaar

American Ambassador Pete Hoekstra had a special tour of the municipality of Wassenaar on August 29, at the invitation of Acting Mayor J.F. Koen. Their tour began at the Wassenaar town hall building, De Paauw, where they discussed the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the new Embassy in Wassenaar, and the amenities that the municipality has ...
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Presidential Message on the 55th Anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” Speech

August 28, 2018 Today, our Nation commemorates 55 years since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March for Jobs and Freedom, and spoke passionately for his dream of equality and justice for all. On August 28, 1963, Dr. King addressed a sea of marchers ...
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Presidential Proclamation on the Death of Senator John Sidney McCain III

August 27, 2018 As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the ...
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Statement on U.S. Appearance Before the International Court of Justice

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO August 27, 2018 Today, oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began in The Hague on an application for provisional measures in a case brought by Iran against the United States, Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, ...
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Remembering the Dutch victims of World War II in Asia

On August 15, 2018, Ambassador Hoekstra laid a wreath on behalf of the United States at remembrance ceremony to commemorate the Japanese surrender and to remember the Dutch victims of World War II in Asia. Wreaths were laid at the Indisch Monument in The Hague by dignitaries including Prime Minister Rutte, survivors, and people with ...
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Unveiling of a new bronze bust of Eleanor Roosevelt in Middelburg

On August 6, 2018, Laura and Trudy Roosevelt, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, unveiled a bronze bust of Laura’s grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt in the Abbey of Middelburg to mark the seventieth anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. The province of Zeeland wanted the bust to be placed in the ...
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Amsterdam Pride walk

Around 50 staff members and their families from the U.S. Embassy in The Hague and the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam participated in the Amsterdam Pride Walk on July 28, 2018. The U.S. Mission in the Netherlands loves joining the people of Amsterdam in celebrating Pride and we reaffirm the United States’ commitment to protecting and ...
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Expanding the Reach of the Dutch Caucus

During his recent visit to the islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten, Ambassador Hoekstra discussed including the islands in the work of the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands.  Ambassador Hoekstra was a founding chairman of the caucus during his time in the U.S. Congress as the Representative for Michigan’s Second District. This week Congressman Bill Huizenga ...
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2000 dancers gather from 24 countries to celebrate ‘Uniquely American’ pastime

The 10th European Square Dance Convention is taking place in Amsterdam July 20-22. The weekend is a gathering of members of the European Association of American Square Dancing Clubs ( EAASDC). Three Dutch clubs (the Tulip Twirlers, Rainbow Strollers, and the Motiveters) organized the event along with Maarten and Wil Weijers. This is the first time the event has been ...
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Ambassador Deborah L. Birx leading the U.S. delegation at the 22nd International AIDS Conference

MEDIA NOTE – July 20, 2018 Ambassador Deborah L. Birx Travel to Amsterdam Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, is on travel to Amsterdam, The Netherlands from July 20-27, leading the U.S. delegation to the 22nd International AIDS Conference. While in Amsterdam, Ambassador Birx will provide ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits the Dutch Caribbean; focuses on common links and building future relationships

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited the Dutch-Caribbean islands of Curacao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten July 14 to July 19. Through meetings with officials and exploration of local cultural and educational sites, his visit underscored the strength of the shared values between the United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate General Curaçao helped to ...
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Dutch sign contract for MQ-9 Reapers

On July 17, 2018, the Netherlands signed a contract with the United States to purchase four MQ-9 Reapers, as well as associated ground stations, sensors, and operational support.  During a ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, Vice Admiral Jan de Waard, the director of the Netherlands’ Defense Materiel Organization, and Lt. General Charles Hooper, head of ...
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Read: Department of State spokesperson addresses MH17 during daily press briefing

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 18, 2018 EXCERPT FROM TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: … Does the U.S. Government still stand by its previous statements and positions that – in support of the Dutch investigation team that held that Russia was responsible for downing it? MS NAUERT: We certainly do. The United States Government has long ...
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Joint Statement From G7 Foreign Ministers on MH17

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2018 The G7 foreign ministers today issued the following statement in advance of the anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High ...
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Remarks by U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison ahead of NATO summit

Kay Bailey Hutchison U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO NATO Press Briefing July 10, 2018   Ambassador Hutchison gave remarks at a press engagement on July 10 in Brussels ahead of the NATO summit to highlight NATO priorities.  Here is an excerpt:   “I am very encouraged by the work that’s been done not only over ...
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Creating the perfect little dish using U.S. dried fruits and tree nuts

U.S. Dried Fruits and Tree Nuts Recipe Book   (In Dutch and English)  (PDF 1 MB) The popularity of nuts and dried fruits in the Netherlands is rising. One of the largest exporters of almonds, pistachios and walnuts to the Dutch market are the United States. Besides that, the U.S. is the largest supplier of cranberries and (dried) plums to the Netherlands. On ...
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Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Mark Rutte

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2018 Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Mark Rutte President Donald J. Trump welcomed Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House yesterday. Both leaders note the relationship between the United States and the Netherlands ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Rutte of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Before Bilateral Meeting

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 2, 2018 Oval Office PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. That’s the official title. PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Sounds very elegant and beautiful. But ...
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The United States and the Netherlands Sign Defense Agreement

Ambassadors Pete Hoekstra and Henne Schuwer signed a Chapeau Agreement Establishing a Framework for bilateral Defense Cooperation Activities. With this agreement, the Netherlands and the United States strengthen cooperation between the two countries on military equipment and operations. The agreement involves exchanging military personnel, such as pilots, liaison officers, and technicians, as well as exchanging information about new ...
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Statement by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the OPCW

STATEMENT BY DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN SULLIVAN AT THE FOURTH SPECIAL SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE STATES PARTIES JUNE 26, 2018 ORGANIZATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONSTHE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS Director General Űzümcü, Chairperson Bellouki, it is an honor to join you today at this special session to address the current crisis resulting from the appalling ...
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Operation “Atlantic Resolve” arrives at the Port of Rotterdam

More than 65 Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters from 4th Combat Aviation Brigade , 4th Infantry Division, are on their way to Eindhoven after arriving in Rotterdam from Texas on June 20, 2018. The helicopters, from Fort Carson, Colo., will team up with 1,700 troops as part of Atlantic Resolve, an ongoing mission to show the U.S. commitment to the ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands

Issued on: June 18, 2018 President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House on July 2, 2018. President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and the Netherlands, which reach back over four hundred years. The President and Prime ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra unveils moon rock at the Museon Science Museum in The Hague

Together with Dutch astronaut  André Kuipers,  Ms. Christine van der Sman, director of  Museon , and former Deputy Mayor of The Hague Karsten Klein, unveiled a special moon rock in the Museon science museum in The Hague. The moon rock was collected by NASA’s Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. The stone is 3.8 billion years old and ...
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U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos visits the Netherlands

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos , travelled to the Netherlands for an official program on June 11-12, as the second stop on a three country trip to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, to explore the vocational education, decentralized school systems, and apprenticeship programs within Europe. Her visit to the Netherlands, planned by the Dutch Ministry of Education, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals ...
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Presidential Proclamations Regarding Adjusting Imports of Aluminum and Steel

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2018 President Trump released two proclamations today adjusting imports of aluminum and steel into the United States.  Please read the full text of the Presidential proclamations at the links below. For the full text of the proclamation Adjusting Imports of Aluminum click ...
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Fulbright Awards Ceremony 2018

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra delivered remarks and handed out awards at the annual Fulbright Award Ceremony in Leiden. Out of a pool of Dutch applicants, nine PhD candidates and eight graduate students were selected to participate in the internationally renowned program. Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar program is an American scholarship administered jointly with the ...
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Memorial Day ceremony honors veterans and active duty service members

The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten is always emotional.  The ceremony is held among the names of 10,023 service men and women buried or honored in the cemetery.  Those service members died in World War II during the liberation of Europe.  Ambassador Pete Hoekstra spoke at the ceremony of ...
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America-Europe Friendship Association Dinner

Remarks of Deputy Chief of Mission Shawn Crowley America-Europe Friendship Association Dinner Saturday, May 26, 2018 Distinguished members of the America-Europe Friendship Association, Captain Louie, Secretary Claes, Arthur and Josie, ladies, and gentlemen: It is wonderful for Sabine and I to be here this evening.  Tonight we celebrate the American and Allied servicemen who liberated Europe in ...
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Fallen soldiers honored on Memorial Day weekend in Margraten

Each Memorial Day weekend, thousands of visitors travel to the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten to honor the Americans killed in World War II. On Saturday, American children from the local Boy and Girl Scout troops,  as well as other volunteers, spent several hours planting U.S. and Dutch flags on each of the 8,301 graves. ...
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Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 25, 2018 We strongly support the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia to call Russia to account for its role in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Flight #17 (MH-17) over eastern Ukraine and the horrific deaths of 298 civilians. It is time for Russia to ...
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Statement on the JIT findings presented by Dutch Public Prosecutor on MH17

May 24, 2018 The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as presented today by the Dutch Public Prosecutor: the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk. Today’s announcement confirms and adds ...
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WWII jump boots recovered

In a short ceremony hosted by Ambassador Pete Hoekstra at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, jump boots belonging to 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Humphrey were returned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Lt. Humphrey was killed in action in September 1944 during Operation Market Garden and was buried in Kansas City. His boots remained lost until ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Dutch Foreign Minister Blok

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok on May 18, in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Blok for Dutch support in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali, and for the Netherlands’ ...
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Symposium “Anne & Emmett”

The U.S. Embassy in The Hague hosted a symposium May 16 to discuss tolerance, discrimination, and freedom in relation to the play Anne & Emmett. The play, written by symposium panelist Janet Langhart Cohen, details a conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till in a town called Memory. The play has its Dutch debut May ...
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Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years.  (Laughter.)  We can say many years, and maybe many decades.  It’s going to be a fantastic start, ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra speaks at “Faces of Margraten”

On May 2, 2018, Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited the Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten to commemorate the fallen and missing men and women who helped in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II and to show support for “ The Faces of Margraten ” initiative. He was joined by Theo Bovens, the King’s Commissioner of the Province of Limburg, and Dieudonné Akkermans, ...
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Marshall Plan Symposium highlights importance of transatlantic ties

On April 26, we concluded a year of programs celebrating the Marshall Plan 70th anniversary with a symposium in Rotterdam at the Hotel New York. On April 26, 1948, the MS Noordam arrived in the city of Rotterdam with the first load of Marshall Plan aid. Our symposium featured remarks by Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb, Ambassador ...
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Emergency preparedness training at U.S. Embassy Wassenaar, April 26, 2018

As part of routine emergency preparedness planning, the U.S. Embassy will be training with counterparts from the Dutch emergency services today, April 26. Dutch emergency vehicles and equipment will be present at the U.S. Embassy to ensure all sides know how to best work together in the event of an emergency. U.S. Embassies around the world ...
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Michigan and the Netherlands sign MOU to promote automotive innovation

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Mona Keijzer spoke before a group of automotive industry experts, Dutch and American business people, and government officials at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Netherlands and the State of Michigan on April 25 ...
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The “Faces of Margraten” honored at Dutch-American Friendship Day 2018

The U.S. Embassy co-hosted the annual Dutch-American Friendship Day reception with the organization “Americans Overseas Remember” (OAR). Ambassador Hoekstra delivered brief remarks and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Sebastiaan Vonk of the “Faces of Margraten” organization. He received the award for his commitment to the memory of the American soldiers who are commemorated at the Netherlands American ...
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Turnover of the Dutch pulses industry grew to a record high turnover of 65 million euros in 2017!

The trend to eat more vegetables is reflected in the sales figures of pulses. Sales of dried beans, peas and lentils have increased by 25 percent since 2014 and are now good for a total turnover of more than 65 million euro. The market has grown due to product innovations, especially in the field of ...
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Statement on toxic chemical used in the Salisbury attack

STATEMENT BY H.E. AMBASSADOR KENNETH D. WARD Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the OPCW at the Fifty-Ninth Meeting of the Executive Council EC-M-59 — AS DELIVERED April 18, 2018 Mr. Chairman, Mr. Director-General, distinguished ambassadors and delegates, It is extraordinarily troubling that we find ourselves together again this week to discuss ...
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Joint U.S. – UK statement on malicious cyber activity carried out by Russian government

April 16, 2018 Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. The targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers, ...
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Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

On April 16, 2018, Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the OPCW, addressed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council in The Hague to raise U.S. concerns about Russia tampering in the Douma investigation.  Full text of his remarks at  https://www.state.gov/t/avc/rls/280509.htm 
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American WWI sacrifices remembered in new book launched today at Museum Huis Doorn

Museum Huis Doorn and Friends of Romagne 14-18 (Stichting Vrienden van Romagne 14-18) held an event In Doorn on April 14 as part of their World War I Centennial.  They presented Public Affairs Officer Sherry Keneson-Hall with the first copy of a new book entitled The Road to Romagne: An American heritage of the First World ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra explores his roots at official visit to the Province of Fryslân

Ambassador Hoekstra travelled to Friesland April 11 and 12, to strengthen cooperation between the Mission and the province. The Ambassador participated in a handful of political and cultural events over the duration of his stay. He met with the King’s Commissioner to Friesland Arno Brok in Leeuwarden, where they discussed the economic and historic relationship ...
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Night in the Abdijkerk Loosduinen

April 4, 2018 – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. King, a special evening of commemoration, organized by volunteers, was held at the Abdijkerk in Loosduinen , the oldest church in The Hague. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra was guest of honor for the commemoration. The evening was filled with video, choir songs, and ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits Bier&cO in Amsterdam

On April 3, 2018 Ambassador Hoekstra visited Bier&cO in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s leading importers of U.S. craft beer. Here, the Ambassador and the staff of Bier&cO had a round table discussion about the market for craft beer. Stephanie Heijning category manager at Albert Heijn informed the Ambassador about the attractive and innovative packaging of craft ...
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American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) hosts welcome dinner honoring the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra

On March 27, 2018, the Rotterdam Chapter of the AmCham hosted a welcome dinner on board the SS Rotterdam to honor the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra. Among the guests were members of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation consisting of Congressman Bill Huizenga, Congressman John “Judge” Carter, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Congressman ...
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Festive Ceremony Marks Official Opening of New U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands

The U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands is pleased to announce that today it was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at John Adams Park 1 in Wassenaar.  The ceremony was hosted by Ambassador Peter Hoekstra and included officials from the Department of State, a five-member bi-partisan delegation from the U.S. Congress, the Minister of Social ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra addresses APEP group going on study tour to the U.S.

On March 20, 2018, Ambassador Hoekstra met with Dutch financial experts from the mortgage, real-estate, and banking sectors to discuss general trends in the U.S. economy and U.S.- Dutch economic priorities. This Dutch delegation will be traveling to Miami and New York in April for a study program through the Atlantic and Pacific Exchange Program (APEP). This year’s program with the ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits Voorlinden museum and gardens

March 21, 2018 – Ambassador Hoekstra and his wife, Diane visited the Voorlinden Museum and Gardens to familiarize themselves with the American Embassy’s new neighbor. The Voorlinden is an influential local museum that connects people, art, nature, and architecture. Established in 2016, the museum showcases modern and contemporary art and wants to be “an oasis of tranquility in the ...
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American expert talks about digital information warfare

On March 14, 2018, journalists, professors, diplomats, and members of the Dutch parliament gathered at the American Embassy to listen to and participate in discussions around three presentations on digital information warfare. On the panel were Dr. Rand Waltzman, Dr. Peter Burger, and Tim Sweijs. Dr. Waltzman is a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra learns of innovations and opportunities in Groningen

March 6-7 2018 – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited his birthplace – the city of Groningen. His two-day journey offered a nostalgic look at the city where his parents lived, but also included briefings and meetings with officials, local businesses, universities, and institutes to learn about the innovative opportunities in the northern city. The Ambassador visited ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra hands over key of old embassy to Mayor Krikke of The Hague

March 5, 2018 – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra was delighted to hand over the key for the old U.S. Embassy at the Lange Voorhout to Mayor Pauline Krikke of Gemeente Den Haag, who promised to give the building a good second life. For nearly 60 years, from 1959 until 2018, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague ...
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Women2Women International Leadership Program 2018

“Let us know why you should participate in the Women2Women International Leadership Program 2018 in the U.S. and maybe you’ll be selected to participate.” U.S. Embassy The Hague is looking for young women (ages 15-19) who want to participate in the Women2Women International Leadership Program, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on July 19-28, ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra hosts 10 participants of the third IMC Weekend School’s “Ambassador’s Training” program

February 16, 2018 – Ambassador Hoekstra and his wife Diane hosted 10 participants of the third IMC Weekend School’s “Ambassador’s Training” program at their Residence for a meeting and dinner. The IMC Weekend School, organizes extracurricular Sunday lessons for high-potential school children in underprivileged communities throughout the Netherlands. It currently has ten branches. During a ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra speech at the Commemoration of the bombing of Nijmegen

February 22, 2018 Dank u wel. Ik wil u allereerst mijn excuses aanbieden. Ik wil deze toespraak heel graag in het Nederlands houden, ondanks dat mijn Nederlandse uitspraak nog niet perfect is, maar ik werk er aan. Burgemeester Bruls, collega’s van het corps diplomatique, overlevenden, verwanten van de slachtoffers, dames en heren, beste kinderen, ik ...
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DEA, Dutch law enforcement continue attack on dark web drug sales with “knock and talks” in U.S. and the Netherlands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DEA, Dutch law enforcement continue attack on dark web drug sale International day of action includes knock and talks with suspected dark web drug buyers; Information produced from Hansa takedown THE HAGUE – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Dutch law enforcement officials today announced sustained action against drug trafficking on the dark web, ...
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As of February 1, 2018, KLM is now part of TSA Pre✓®.

Passengers on KLM flights departing participating US airports will start to see TSA Pre✓® on their boarding passes and can now use the TSA Pre✓® lines.   TSA Pre✓® expands to include 5 additional domestic and international airlines Expedited screening now available through 47 air carriers National Press Release Thursday, February 1, 2018 https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2018/02/01/tsa-precheck-expands-include-5-additional-domestic-and-international-airlines WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration ...
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Full text of President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

  January 30, 2018 TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People ...
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Performance celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Tonight Gershwin Bonevacia and Frank Sheppard performed an original piece written by Paulette Smit and directed by John Leerdam at De Nieuwe Kerk as part of the “We Have a Dream: Gandhi, King, Mandela” exhibit. The performance honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on his birthday with words, song, and photographs. Ambassador ...
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Peter Hoekstra officially becomes U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

On Wednesday, January 10, Peter Hoekstra presented his credentials to King Willem-Alexander to officially become the 67th U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. Ambassador Hoekstra was driven to Paleis Noordeinde in a ceremonial state coach accompanied by his wife Diane. Upon arrival at the palace, the Ambassador inspected the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Wilem Friso, which played the ...
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Address of the New U.S. Embassy The Hague

NOTE: Consular Services (American Citizen Services. Visa Services) remain at the U.S. Consulate General at the Museumplein in Amsterdam. The U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands will be moving to a new location in John Adams Park in Wassenaar. It will be open on January 29, 2018. Embassy phone numbers will remain the same. To contact us call:  +31 70 ...
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Do you want to become a youth leader & spend 4 weeks in the U.S.? Participate in the BFTF competition!

“Make a short video in English to participate in our competition to earn a nomination for a prestigious youth program in the United States during the summer of 2018.” U.S. Embassy The Hague is looking for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow for 2018!  Are you Dutch and will you be 16 or 17 years old ...
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Soldiers honor WWII tradition with Christmas Eve in the caves of Maastricht

  Soliders from the U.S. Army participated in the annual mass honoring the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by American soldiers in 1944. For the second year, CDA Shawn Crowley and his wife Sabine represented the U. States Mission. December 24th, 1944, the Dutch Brothers of the Immaculate Conception organized a Christmas Eve Mass in the ...
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U.S. and Dutch celebrate signing ceremony for Chinook Modernization

CDA Shawn Crowley and others from the Embassy’s Foreign Commercial Service and Office of Defense Cooperation attend the signing ceremony for the Chinook Helicopter CH47 Modernization at Gilze Rijen Air Base. The ceremony was attended by officials from Boeing and the Dutch Ministries of Defense, Finance, and Economic Affairs.  The ceremony celebrated the Dutch government’s decision to modernize six CH47 helicopters. During the ...
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Ambassador-designate Peter Hoekstra sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence performed the ceremony to swear in Peter Hoekstra as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in Washington, DC on December 11.  The Vice President congratulated the Holland, Michigan native on Twitter, noting that he knew from serving with Hoekstra in the Congress that “there’s no better man to be in the Netherlands ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Mission the Netherlands reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Press Conference at NATO

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited NATO Headquarters during his travels this week to Belgium, Austria, and France.  On December 6, 2017, he spoke at a press conference in Brussels.   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon, all. It truly is a pleasure to be back in Brussels. Someone reminded me this is my seventh trip to Europe already this ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, ...
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“The American Dream” on display in Assen in new exhibit

The Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands, opened an incredible exhibit November 18, with music, food, Elvis and Marilyn.  “The American Dream” is an exhibit that spans more than 70 years and is spread across two museums in two countries.  The Drents Museum is displaying works covering the post-war decades 1945-1965 and the Kunsthalle Emden, ...
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CDA hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Dinner in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week

In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Charge d’Affaires Shawn Crowley and his wife Sabine Crowley hosted a dinner with women business leaders.  Guests came from a variety of fields and discussed mentoring, leadership, start-up financing, and many other topics.  We were also joined by the Global Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Carine de Meyere, who ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

There were thousands of events in 160 countries around the world for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017, including more than 100 here in the Netherlands. As part of the week-long program to inspire millions into entrepreneurial activity, U.S. Embassy the Hague invited two U.S. speakers to participate in numerous events. Dr. Sharon T. Freeman, president and ...
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Message from Secretary Tillerson on the 242nd Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps

On behalf of the Department of State and all of our employees serving overseas and at home, I wish the United States Marine Corps congratulations on its 242nd birthday. The Department and the Corps have a special, historic relationship. U.S. Marines have safeguarded our embassies and consulates since 1949, but our common effort to promote ...
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CDA remarks to Dutch entrepreneurs at the Road2NorthAmerica XL event

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley on Monday spoke to Dutch entrepreneurs at the Road2NorthAmerica XL event. The networking event, organized by  Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland – RVO.nl  and the  Kamer van Koophandel , supports Dutch companies wanting to do business in the United States and Canada. Crowley: Thank you, Mark.  Good afternoon, Madam Ambassador.  Good afternoon everyone.  I’m delighted to see so many of you at ...
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Cultural Corner: Lt. Col. Megellas, 100, crosses the Waal again

Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas, the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82 nd Airborne, may be 100 years of age, but he sure doesn’t look it. And when he tells his stories, particularly the one about the harrowing events around the “Waal Crossing” of September 20, 1944, he’s a young man of 27 ...
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Cybersecurity and entrepreneurship event in Amsterdam

More than 20 students attended a panel discussion on Cybersecurity and Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam on Monday. The students, from the Vrije Universiteit’s School of Business and Economics in Amsterdam, participated fully in the discussion that touched on cyber threats as well as how to start businesses to deal with them. Leading ...
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Cultural Corner- WWII Locomotive Returns to the Netherlands

A rare artifact is coming to a Dutch railway museum in Goes this week: a Whitcomb diesel locomotive from after the Second World War. The Whitcomb locomotive type was bought in bulk by Dutch Railways after World War II. A part of the Marshall Plan – the U.S.-funded blueprint for reconstruction of 16 war-crippled countries ...
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Honoring Canadians who died in in the Netherlands during World War II

The Canadian soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands in World War II were honored during a memorial ceremony held on October 22, 2017, at the Canadian War Cemetery in Bergen op Zoom. Our Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley joined Canadian Ambassador Sabine Nölke as well as hundreds of others at the impressive ceremony. The cemetery is ...
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Unveiling of B-17 Monument in Beek (Limburg)

The Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley delivered remarks at the unveiling of a new monument in the community of Beek on Saturday, October 14.  He was joined by Mayor Christine van Basten-Boddin and the deputy Governor of the Province of Limburg Ger Koopmans.  The Embassy’s Air Attaché Colonel Scott Fisher also participated in the ceremony. On ...
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Special Grant Competition in honor of CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Call for proposals is now: OPEN Deadline for Applications:  November 10, 2017 (midnight; local time) Period of performance:  2017-2018 Program Description U.S. Embassy The Hague is proud to announce a special grant competition in honor of CyberSecurity Awareness Month focusing on supporting programs to promote the use of technology among younger audiences to solve problems related ...
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Cultural Corner: New book for JFK Centennial

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, would have been 100 this year. To mark that occasion, Alex Krijger published the first in-depth biography of JFK in Dutch in almost 25 years. At a book launching event at ProDemos in The Hague, Krijger presented Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley the first copy of ...
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Cultural Corner: The Symbiosis of Kusaka and Wood

Museum Voorlinden, which celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sept. 11, opened an exhibit by Los Angeles-based artists Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood on September 28. With this exhibit, which runs through January 7, the modern and contemporary art museum kicked off its year-long American Season series. Also to be featured in this series are Martin ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at Fulbright Reception

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you all for coming out tonight. Please allow me to give a special welcome to Executive Director Marcel Oomen, whose leadership of the Fulbright Center for more than 20 years has ensured the continuing success of the program. I’d like to also thank the members of the Fulbright Executive ...
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Remarks by Consul General at Liberation Concert in Margraten

Consul General David McCawley delivered remarks before the annual Liberation Concert at the Netherlands-American Cemetery in Margraten September 17, 2017 Distinguished veterans, Mr. Mackus, Mayor Akkermans, Ms. Young, Lieutenant General Rittimann, Superintendent Stadler, Mr. de Goeij, Mr. Rosu and members of the South Netherlands Philharmonic, it is a distinct honor for me and my wife ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 24, 2017 New security measures establish minimum requirements for international cooperation to support U.S. visa and immigration vetting Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to ...
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Cultural Corner: Yad Vashem gives a name to WWII heroes

Leo S. Ullman was one of the lucky ones. It probably didn’t feel much like luck at the time. He was taken away from his parents. He had to stay with strangers for more than two years. He had to disappear, given false papers. Become illegal. He ended up in an orphanage. His parents had ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at IVLP gathering

Goede avond dames en heren. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m delighted you could join us here this evening to celebrate one of the State Department’s most important programs:  the International Visitor Leadership Program, or IVLP.  I am honored to welcome a fraction of the hundreds of Dutch participants.  We also are pleased to see ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at Waal River Crossing Ceremony

Remarks for the Waal River Crossing Ceremony CDA Shawn Crowley Nijmegen Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Mayor Bruls, Mayor Akkermans, Director van Afferen, distinguished veterans, ladies and gentlemen, and most importantly dear students.  Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this ceremony commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Waal River Crossing and the liberation ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at St. Stevenskerk in Nijmegen

Remarks for St. Stevenskerk Ceremony Nijmegen, September 17, 2017 Good afternoon. Thank you, Mayor Bruls, for welcoming us once again to your beautiful city. Thank you as well, Mayor Sheehan, for making the trip all the way from Albany. I would like to acknowledge the presence of General Gavin’s family. I recognize the outstanding work ...
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Operation Market Garden commemorated

Last weekend the 73rd Anniversary of Operation Market Garden was commemorated in dozens of towns and hamlets in and around Arnhem, Nijmegen, and Eindhoven. Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley, Defense Attaché Captain Robert Buzzell, and U.S. Army Attaché Vince Martinelli laid wreaths and flowers at monuments large and small over four days that showed just how ...
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Remarks for “A Ceremony of Remembrance and Hope”

Overseas Americans Remember (OAR) organized the annual 9/11 Memorial in The Hague on September 11, 2017.  Charge d’Affaires Shawn Crowley gave remarks, along with this year’s guest of honor, Sgt. James Hines, a 25-year veteran of the NYPD, who was at the World Trade Center 16 years ago.  The program featured music, readings, and a ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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World Port Days Reception

Each year during the first weekend of September, the city of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam co-sponsor the annual World Port Days festival.  This year marks the 40th celebration of World Port Days and the festival theme is “Worldwide.”  The weekend-long festival is a chance for the public to visit many of the companies ...
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Oldest known photograph of a U.S. President, but also a former Ambassador to the Netherlands

A photograph taken March 1843 in Washington, D.C. is the oldest known photograph of a U.S. President, but could this be the oldest known photograph of a U.S. Ambassador too?  John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829, but before that he was also the fifth U.S. Ambassador ...
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Cultural Corner: last chance to visit two American exhibits in Amsterdam

Two exhibits, sponsored in part by the U.S. Embassy, will close soon.  Martin Scorsese:  The Exhibition, at Eye in Amsterdam, runs through September 3rd.  (Note the exhibit is closed August 30th).  This is the first major exhibition on the work, life, and passions of the American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. This exhibition is devoted entirely to Scorsese and ...
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2016 Country Reports on Terrorism – the Netherlands

Although terrorist attacks and fatalities from terrorism declined globally for the second year in a row in 2016, terrorist groups continued to exploit ungoverned territory and ongoing conflict to expand their reach, and to direct and inspire attacks around the world.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remained the most potent terrorist threat ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship, July 16 – August 6, 2017

U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship, July 16 – August 6, 2017 July 17, 2017 The United States government is aware of a threat to this year’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship taking place at various venues throughout the Netherlands from July 16 ...
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Memorial Dedication Marks the Third Anniversary of the Downing of Flight MH17

July 17, 2017-  The third anniversary of the downing of flight MH17 will be marked by the opening of a national monument dedicated to the victims. The creators of this living memorial forest were inspired by the form of the black memorial ribbon, which was used as a symbol in the aftermath of the tragedy, and ...
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Fulbright Award Ceremony 2017

On June 19, 2017, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Sherry Keneson-Hall attended the Fulbright Award Ceremony in the historic Academiegebouw of Utrecht University. Twenty-three Dutch students and scholars were honored as the latest Fulbright grantees. The Fulbright Program offers scholarships to highly motivated foreign students to study in the U.S. and about an equal number ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Department of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC June 27, 2017   Well, thank you so much, Susan, and welcome to all of you to the State Department for this important event, and particularly I’m honored to welcome members of Congress, and in particular I want to highlight the leadership of Chairman Corker who’s with ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the President’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 26, 2017 With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” in an orderly fashion, consistent with the Supreme Court’s unanimous order, and in accordance with the Presidential ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley hosts Iftar Dinner

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley The Hague, June 19, 2017 Ladies and gentleman, it is a true honor for Sabine and me to host this special Iftar dinner. Over the years we have had the pleasure of celebrating the breaking of the fast with friends in Tripoli, Kuwait City, Jerusalem, Benghazi, and Pristina, but also ...
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Traveling alone with your kids this summer? Be prepared to avoid delays

Authorities at Schiphol Airport take seriously their responsibilities to protect children.  One way is to require additional screening of minors traveling alone or with only one parent.  If you are traveling alone with kids this summer, or are entrusting them in the care of someone else, we recommend you fill out and bring with you ...
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Remarks of Charge d’Affaires at Memorial Day Ceremony in Margraten

Remarks of U.S. Charge d’Affaires Shawn Crowley Memorial Day Ceremony American Cemetery at Margraten May 28, 2017, 15:00 __________________________________________________________________ General Van der Louw, on behalf of the King; Minister and Mrs. Plasterk; General Middendorp; General and Mrs. Scaparrotti; your excellencies; Governor and Mrs. Bovens; Mayors; Ladies, and Gentlemen. As the grandson, son, and brother of ...
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A Tribute to American Composer and Conductor John Philip Sousa in Breda

The Harmonie Concordia Festival celebrated its 140th anniversary with a concert dedicated to American composer and conductor John Philip Sousa on May 20, 2017. Over 150 sousaphonists played the tuba-like instrument named after him. John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. In fact, ...
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Dodenherdenking in Barendrecht

A remembrance ceremony was held May 4th in Barendrecht to honor nine Dutch Resistance members, five Dutch military members, a Royal Australian Air Force Spitfire pilot, and four US Army Air Corps aviators who died when their B24 “Liberator” crashed in 1945. · Resistance Fighters M. Maasdam C. Keijzer J. Veldhoen A. Eriks B. Moekestorm ...
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On the Occasion of Europe Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 9, 2017 In honor of Europe Day, I join all Americans in offering our best wishes to the citizens of the European Union. The United States and the European Union have a strong and enduring partnership based on our shared democratic values, strong economic ...
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“Het Gooi Bevrijd” Commemoration in Bussum

We were deeply honored to join U.S. and other Allied veterans at Friday’s “Het Gooi Bevrijd” commemoration in the village of Bussum near Amsterdam. More than 80 vintage WWII vehicles joined the colorful procession in honor of Dutch Liberation Day. It was great to see so many young people in the crowds. We were especially ...
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On the CG’s Bookshelf: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

May’s book is The Things They Carried from National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien. The 1990 semi-autobiographical novel blurs fact with fiction in its vivid collection of short stories tracking the lives of a fictional group of American soldiers in Vietnam and their adjustment to civilian life after the war. Considered one of the best ...
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Secretary Tillerson Addresses State Department Employees in Washington

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC May 3, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Are we on? Can you all hear me back there in the back? Can you hear me now? (Laughter.) Can you hear me now? AUDIENCE: Yes. SECRETARY TILLERSON: All right. I ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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20th Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 28, 2017 The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the world’s only multilateral treaty that verifiably bans an entire category of weapons of mass destruction, marks the 20th anniversary of its entry into force this Saturday, April 29. The CWC prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, ...
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April 26 – World Intellectual Property Day

Today is World Intellectual Property Day, a time to celebrate the role that intellectual property protections play in allowing digital creativity and innovation to thrive. Entrepreneurs, artists, and people with ideas for new products can benefit from learning their rights and taking action. This year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) explores how innovation is ...
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Earth Day an opportunity to highlight green technology in our new embassy

In honor of Earth Day, staff from the U.S. Embassy in The Hague invited contacts to tour the construction site of the new embassy to look at the Earth-friendly features of our new home.  The new U.S. Embassy boasts a number of “green” features from a heat-reflective “cool roof” to the ground source heat pump system.  The building ...
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Cultural Corner – Bevrijdingskinderen

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Bob Kingman was in Maastricht for the presentation of a new book by Mieke Kirkels, “Children of African-American Liberators.” Along with Kierkels, he presented copies of the book to the 12 “children” who were featured in the book. Kirkels’ first book, “From Alabama to Margraten,” told the story of Dr. ...
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Dutch-American Friendship Day 2017

The U.S. Embassy co-hosted the annual Dutch-American Friendship Day reception together with the organization “Americans Overseas Remember” (OAR). Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Kingman delivered brief remarks and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Board of the “ Stichting Herdenking Amerikaanse Kerstviering 1944” (SHAK 1944). Each year, they organize the Christmas Eve Mass in the caves of Maastricht ...
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Royal Netherlands Navy welcomes U.S. Embassy team to Den Helder

The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Lieutenant General Rob Verkerk welcomed Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley to the Dutch naval base in Den Helder.  Crowley was able to see first-hand the capabilities of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNLMC) teams. Verkerk discussed their leadership, organizational, and command structures.  Captain Robert ...
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Visit of U.S. Embassy staff to PepsiCo Nederland

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited PepsiCo’s Lay’s, Smiths and Cheetos factory in Broek op Langedijk. The factory was the first to produce potato chips in the Netherlands when it opened in 1958. Today, the factory supplies a wide assortment of snacks for the European market. In addition to the Broek op Langedijk facility, PepsiCo also ...
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On the CG’s Bookshelf: Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

April’s book is Pale Blue Dot from imminent U.S. astronomer and Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Long-time Professor of Astronomy and Space Science at Cornell University, Sagan played a leading role in advancing America’s space program, from briefing the Apollo astronauts to collaborating on the Viking, Voyager and Galileo space missions. Creator of ...
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Secretary Tillerson – NATO Foreign Ministerial Intervention Remarks

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium March 31, 2017 Good morning, Secretary General and my fellow ministers, and thank you for the opportunity to speak. Let me be very clear at the outset of my remarks: the U.S. commitment to NATO is strong and this Alliance remains the bedrock for transatlantic security. ...
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U.S. Air Force participates in Frisian Flag 2017 Exercises

The Louisiana Air National Guard-159th Fighter Wing is participating in operation Frisian Flag 2017 at the Dutch Air Base in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.  Pilots from the Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, and the U.S. will participate in exercises over Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands from March 27 to April 7. The United ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Attack in London

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement By U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson March 22, 2017 On the Attack in London On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We ...
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Global Partnerships Week: Advancing Digital Literacy and Cyber Skills in The Netherlands

Innovative cyber skills educational programs were the feature of a March 7 partnership between the U.S. Embassy The Hague and ECP (Platform for the Information Society). As a part of Global Partnerships Week, we were very pleased to partner with ECP, along with leading Dutch and U.S. businesses and organizations, to talk about the importance ...
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2nd Sight BioScience and U.S. Embassy visit Dutch tomato grower CombiVliet to look for opportunities to further automate harvesting

Marcel Pinckaers (Foreign Agricultural Service) and Alec Boydston (Foreign Commercial Service) accompanied Kevin Oldenburg, CEO of Spokane, Washington based 2nd Sight BioScience, on a fact-finding visit to commercial greenhouse growers in the Westland region of the Netherlands. The visit included a meeting with Erik Helderman from Harvest House, one of the largest grower cooperatives in ...
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Important Message: Executive Order on Visas

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States which directs us to review current screening procedures, while protecting national security – our top priority when issuing visas.  The Executive Order has an effective date of March 16, 2017. We are ...
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Cultural Corner – Sojourner Truth: the woman, the abolitionist, the Dutch speaker

As February draws to a close, Black History Month also ends.  March is when Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States.  This video on the life of Sojourner Truth highlights her contributions as a woman and as an African-American to U.S. history. As a young girl, Truth was known as Isabella “Baumfree”, after ...
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U.S. Embassy The Hague remembers 73rd anniversary of the Nijmegen bombing

Public Affairs Counselor Sherry Keneson-Hall joined Mayor Bruls and other regional leaders in laying wreaths at the annual commemoration of the Nijmegen bombing February 22, 2017. The ceremony has taken place since 2001 to remembers the 800 victims of the tragic 1944 bombing of the city of Nijmegen. Keneson-Hall was asked to speak as the ...
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Secretary Tillerson: Remarks Following Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State World Conference Center Bonn, Germany February 16, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: So I want to make a very brief statement. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a productive meeting and we discussed a range of issues of mutual concern. As I made clear in my Senate confirmation hearing, the ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: Welcome Remarks to Employees

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. ...
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Colson Whitehead in The Hague

American author Colson Whitehead visited the Netherlands last week to participate in the Winternachten Literature Festival in The Hague (January 19-22). The most recent National Book Award for Fiction winner talked about his award-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” a story about fugitive slaves Cora and Caesar in the ante-bellum South. The network of Americans, black and ...
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The U.S. Embassy building in The Hague officially designated a national monument

Cees van ‘t Veen, Director National Cultural Heritage, on behalf of the Minister of Education, officially designated the American Embassy in The Hague a national monument during a ceremony at the Embassy on January 20, 2017. He presented the official designation plaque to Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley. Tracy Metz, Director of the John Adams Institute ...
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Brand USA Pavilion at the Vakantiebeurs

Come and visit the Brand USA Pavilion at the  Vakantiebeurs , the largest travel and tourist event in the Netherlands. Location: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, January 11-15, 2017 The Brand USA Pavilion can be found in Hall 3 of the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. 1000 square meters of USA inspiration and information. Drinks, food and live performances can be ...
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The Inauguration of the new President

The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related websites Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of the United States  of America White House  website (whitehouse.gov) Inauguration Quick Facts Who? President Donald J. Trump, the ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

This month’s book, the first for 2017, is Cannery Row from Nobel winning author John Steinbeck. Born in California’s fertile Salinas Valley in 1902, Steinbeck went on to become one of America’s most celebrated writers of short stories and novels.  Steinbeck captured the lives and day-to-day struggles of working-class America in ways that few other ...
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Lunch with Syrian Refugees and Launch of Artwork by Syrian artist Mohammed Hussein

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley recently hosted a buffet lunch for a group of young Syrian refugees to launch a small exhibition by Syrian artist Mohammed Hussein in the living room of the residence. Hussein’s works very much reflect the Syrian world in which he was living before fleeing to Europe. Unfortunately, he could not be ...
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U.S. ratifies the 2006 Hague Securities Convention, triggering its entry into force on 1 April 2017

On 15 December 2016, the United States of America (USA) deposited its Instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary (2006 Securities Convention). The USA had signed the Convention, together with Switzerland, 5 July 2006. The deposit ...
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Negotiations to formally begin for implementation of U.S. CBP Preclearance operations at Schiphol

As a result of the Cabinet decision on December 9, 2016 the United States and the Netherlands will formally begin negotiations to implement U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance operations at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) in early 2017. With Preclearance, travelers undergo CBP immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections before boarding a flight to the ...
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Retired F-16 on Dutch roundabout

An old, retired F-16, has now found a permanent home on the ground: a roundabout near Volkel Airbase in the Province of Brabant. On December 3, 2016, the airplane was transported to the traffic junction Zeelandsedijk/Rondweg, in the presence of Defense Minister Hennis-Plasschaert and the Mayor of the Municipality of Uden. U.S. Embassy The Hague’s ...
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Visiting Smart People testing Smart Ideas for Smart Cities

On November 29 and 30, 2016, Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited one of world’s smartest regions; the Brainport Eindhoven region. The region is specialized in high tech and R&D, especially in Semiconductors and Automotive. The companies in this region account for 19 percent of the Dutch total R&D. Mr. Crowley met several companies and stakeholders ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Thanks to the U.S. Consulate’s Youth Advisory Board (comprised of Amsterdam University College students) for recommending this month’s book—“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller.  The iconic 1961 novel, set off the coast of Italy in World War II, chronicles the experiences of Captain John Yossarian and his 256th air corps squadron as they confront the violence and paradoxes prevalent in ...
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American “KinderCollege”

More than 100 Dutch students were able to ask their most burning questions about the United States at a recent Kids’ Lecture at Humanity House in The Hague. The students attend Public Primary School (OBS) Waterland from The Hague and the School van Maas en Waal in Amsterdam. During the “KinderCollege,” the children interacted with ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Dutch talent Yosef Safi Harb

Yosef Safi Harb is former Aerospace engineer specialized in sensor design turned health entrepreneur. He is currently the Founder of Happitech. Happitech uses the sensors on your smartphone with no additional hardware to measure vital signs like heart-rate rate, heart rate variability to detect heart-arrtyhmias, stress, life expectancy and fitness levels. Happitech’s technology is currently ...
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U.S. Specialty Food exporters meet their Dutch partners

On November 14 and 15, 2016, nine U.S. exporters of Specialty Food Products had one-on-one meetings with twelve importers during a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM). This RTM was organized by Food Export USA Northeast in close cooperation with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in The Hague. The exporters were welcomed by Chargé D’Affairs Shawn Crowley and ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Dutch talent Laura Klauss

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week. We would like to celebrate this by highlighting Dutch talent! Laura Klauss recently won the public vote for the prestigious Dutch Engineer of the Year Award. Together with like-minded engineers, she co-founded Better Future Factory, a multi-disciplinary sustainable company focused on design, environmental issues and engineering. Better Future Factory ...
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All American Night in Leiden

More than 1,000 students and faculty attended the 13th edition of Minerva’s All American Night in Leiden’s magnificent Pieterskerk. Organized by the student members of Minerva Society, it was a night of politics, music, and even a play – the latest edition of a tradition that stretches back to the U.S. Presidential Election of 1968. ...
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Cultural Corner – Emily Dickinson’s Walls of Poetry

The famously reclusive Emily Dickinson might not have felt comfortable with all the attention. But surely she would have loved the fact that one of her poems has been immortalized on a wall of a school house in a lovely neighborhood of The Hague. Dickinson, whose work received almost no recognition while she was still ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf? Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

This month’s book is “Love Medicine” by award-winning author Louise Erdrich.  Erdrich won the 2015 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction “for [portraying] her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has, exploring—in intimate and fearless ways—the myriad cultural challenges that indigenous and mixed-race Americans face.”  “Love Medicine,” the first of Erdrich’s ...
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U.S. Diplomatic Security Service joins Europol to fight against trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling

Source: Europol Press Release , September 19, 2016 U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DS) Deputy Assistant Secretary John M. Eustace and Europol Deputy Director Wil van Gemert met this week in The Hague. The two officials signed an agreement for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service to join two of Europol’s Focal Points1: FP Phoenix targets trafficking in human beings ...
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D-Day Flag arrives in the Netherlands

On September 15, a unique American flag carried during D-Day in 1944 arrived at the Nationaal Militair Museum in Soesterberg. The flag was accepted with military ceremony in the presence of Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and about twenty American World War II veterans. The museum opened an exhibition on the flag on this day. ...
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Remembering September 11

Embassy personnel came together to share their memories of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Overseas Americans Remember organized the ceremony which combined personal stories and music to honor those who died on that day 15 years ago, along with those who worked tirelessly to save them.
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Liberation Concert Margraten

Since 2006, the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten has held an open-air Liberation Concert as a tribute to and in remembrance of the liberation of the Netherlands that began in September 1944 and those who died to secure it. CDA Shawn P. Crowley gave the opening remarks below at the concert on September 4, 2016. ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visits the city of Rotterdam

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited the city of Rotterdam September 1, 2016. He met with Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb to discuss areas of mutual cooperation. During a visit to the Essalam Islamic Center, he discussed religious freedom and tolerance and had a tour with the Director and staff. The day ended with a tour of the ...
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Sports diplomacy in Eindhoven

April 1 and 2, 2016 – American sports envoys Zola Solamente (played on U.S. national soccer team) and Neftalie Williams (skateboarder and professor) were in Eindhoven for a special sports integration program. They led skills clinics, a soccer tournament, skateboarding lessons, BMX, dance and much more for Eindhoven youth, including refugees. Young people from Dynamo ...
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