Health Alert – Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 6, 2021

Location:  The Netherlands Event:  On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the …

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September 11th – 20th Anniversary Commemoration – Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Marja Verloop

September 10, 2021 – Grote Kerk, The Hague Photo gallery Video coverage of the event (source: NOS) Remarks by Prime Minister Rutte  I grew up in New Jersey, just across the Hudson from Manhattan—or as I, a Dutch-born American, secretly thought of it —“New Amsterdam.” As a child, my mother would regularly take me to the “City”, sharing her love for the vibrant diversity and palpable energy …

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Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

The October 2021 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) will be administered from September 30 through October 9. Information and testing locations, including testing locations in the Netherlands  and options for home-based online proctored testing, can be found at http://www.pearsonvue.com/fsot . Information about the Foreign Service selection process can be found at http://careers.state.gov/ .

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Irregular Social Security services at U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the need to prioritize the health of our staff and visitors has drastically impacted all consular processing at U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam.  Due to severe staffing shortages and backlogs in demand for citizenship services we are currently unable to provide services on behalf of the Social Security Administration on a regular …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Launch of Pay.gov DS-82 Passport Renewal Online Fee Payment Pilot

The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has been selected as a pilot location for payment of DS-82 passport renewal fees online.  Beginning July 19, 2021, adult passport applicants wishing to pay for their DS-82 renewal application online may visit https://nl.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/mailin-wizard-q1/  to determine eligibility to use this option.  If eligible, …

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Update on visa processing for students, journalists, and business travelers.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the need to prioritize the health of our staff and visitors has drastically impacted all consular processing at U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam. We recognize that applicants in nonimmigrant visa categories, especially students, journalists, and business travelers, are having difficulty scheduling timely appointments for visa interviews, and in some cases no appointments …

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Message to U.S. Citizens Regarding Passports

Message to U.S. Citizens Regarding Passports:  U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam (May 26, 2021) Location:  The Netherlands Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Elimination of U.S. Dollar Cash Payments for Consular Services

Effective June 1, 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam will no longer accept U.S. dollar cash payments for consular fees.  This includes payments for services provided by both the American Citizens Services and Visa Units. Consular fees can be paid with any credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, or Diner’s Club).  U.S. debit …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Webinar for U.S. Citizens – Benefits and Beyond in the Benelux

The U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, together with the U.S. Embassies in Belgium and Luxembourg, and the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit, invite U.S. citizens to a webinar on Social Security Services and other Federal Benefits.  The event is an opportunity for U.S. citizens to not only learn more about the services available to U.S. …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Hague, Netherlands Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the area along the bike path in front of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. Event: A demonstration is expected on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, beginning at approximately 2:00 pm and lasting until approximately 3:00 pm. The group plans to …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Operations at U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam

Location: The Netherlands, countrywide Event:  The U.S. Mission to the Netherlands will remain at reduced staffing and limited operations through Tuesday, February 9, 2021, due to inclement weather.  The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam will be closed to the public for routine consular services on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, and providing only emergency consular services for U.S. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Limited Operations at U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam

(February 7, 2020)  Location: The Netherlands, countrywide     Event:  The U.S. Mission to the Netherlands will be at reduced staffing and limited operations through Monday, February 8, 2021, due to inclement weather.  The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam will be closed to the public for routine consular services on Monday, February 8, 2021, and providing only emergency consular …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

(January 25, 2021)  Location:  The Netherlands, countrywide  Event:  According to local media reports, various groups are calling for demonstrations against the Dutch government’s current COVID-19 measures.  These demonstrations may occur in various cities throughout the Netherlands.  Recent demonstrations have turned violent and Dutch authorities have responded to all instances, arresting hundreds of individuals. U.S. government …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the Museumplein, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration is expected on Saturday, January 23, 2021, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm and lasting until approximately 5:30 pm.  The group plans to assemble in front of the U.S. Consulate General on the Museumplein in Amsterdam.  Additionally, we …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel to the U.S., U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Netherlands Event: COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel to the U.S. Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative viral COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the Museumplein, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration is expected on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, beginning at approximately 3:00 pm and lasting until approximately 5:30 pm.  The group plans to assemble in front of the U.S. Consulate General on the Museumplein in Amsterdam.  This event …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs 

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)         Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.        Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the Museumplein, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration is expected on Sunday, January 10, 2021, beginning at approximately 3:00 pm.  The group is protesting against fascism and will assemble near the hill behind the Albert Heijn supermarket on the Museumplein in Amsterdam.  This event is …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Important Update Regarding Postage for Services for U.S. Citizens in the Netherlands

Applicants for U.S. citizen services at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam must bring sufficient postage to cover the return shipment of any documents related to the requested service.  Passport and citizenship documents contain sensitive information and are difficult to replace. We recommend using a trackable delivery service to receive your documents. Unfortunately, PostNL has …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location:  The Netherlands, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in the Netherlands remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 4, 2020 Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the Museumplein, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration is expected on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, beginning at approximately 8:00 pm and lasting until approximately 10:00 pm.  The group will assemble on the grass near the Albert Heijn Supermarket on the Museumplein in …

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Embassy presents two U.S. Election Events

United States Embassy The Hague October 28, 2020 Press Release – Embassy presents two U.S. Election Events U.S Embassy Hosts Live Presidential Election Coverage The U.S. Embassy in The Hague will organize live, online coverage of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election through two events hosted at Nieuwspoort, The Hague, on the evening of November 3, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Important Update Regarding Postage for Services for U.S. Citizens in the Netherlands

Effective immediately all applicants for U.S. citizen services at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam must bring sufficient postage to cover the return shipment of any documents related to the requested service.  Passport and citizenship documents contain sensitive information and are difficult to replace.  We strongly recommend all applicants procure a registered mail sticker from …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Update Regarding Consular Services for U.S. Citizens in the Netherlands

Update Regarding Routine Consular Services for U.S. Citizens The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam continues to operate with limited staffing. Social distancing and other measures required to fight the spread of COVID-19 limit the number of customers we can serve daily. Rest assured that we are prioritizing services for U.S. citizens while still complying with …

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VOTING BY MAIL FROM THE NETHERLANDS

Message for U.S. Citizens VOTING BY MAIL FROM THE NETHERLANDS You have a few options for getting your ballot to the United States. Some states already support electronic voting, but if your state requires you to return a paper ballot by mail, you can choose from one of these methods. Option 1 – Drop your …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

(August 16, 2020)  Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the Museumplein, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  Event:  A large impromptu demonstration is expected today, Sunday, August 16, 2020 beginning at approximately 12:00 p.m. and ending at approximately 2:00 p.m.  The group will assemble near the Rijksmuseum area on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. U.S. government …

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VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS

Message for U.S. Citizens VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands

Location: Announced gathering points and route include, but are not limited to, the bicycle path alongside the U.S. Embassy, The Hague, Netherlands. Event: A demonstration is expected on Monday, August 10, 2020, beginning at approximately 3:00 pm and lasting until approximately 5:00 pm. The group will assemble on the bicycle path alongside the Embassy (John …

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NETHERLANDS – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to the Netherlands due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Netherlands due to COVID-19. Improved conditions have been reported within the Netherlands.  Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in the Netherlands. Terrorists continue plotting possible …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. Is travel to the Netherlands permitted? The Dutch government strictly enforces the EU travel restrictions banning non-essential travel from outside the EU with limited exemptions. Travelers residing in the U.S. who meet the criteria of one of the exemptions as listed on the Dutch …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Location:  The Netherlands Event:  Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. European Union (EU) Travel Restrictions: The Dutch government strictly enforces the EU travel restrictions banning non-essential travel from outside the EU with limited exceptions. The ban went into effect on March 19, 2020 and has been extended until further notice. On July 1, …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. European Union (EU) Travel Restrictions: The Dutch government is strictly enforcing the EU travel restrictions banning all non-essential travel from outside the EU. The ban went into effect on March 19, 2020 and has been extended until further notice. On July 1, the EU non-essential …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. European Union (EU) Travel Restrictions: The Dutch government has been strictly enforcing the EU travel restrictions banning all non-essential travel from outside the EU.  The ban went into effect on March 19, 2020, and has been extended until further notice.  The list of countries whose …

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Message for U.S. Citizens –U.S. Embassy the Hague, The Netherlands, Social Security Services for U.S. Citizens

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands Event:  On Thursday, July 23, the American Citizens Services Unit will provide limited Social Security services to individuals over the age of 12 who are submitting a first-time application for a Social Security Number (SSN).  These services will be provided at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague.  To comply with social distancing …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate Operations:  In response to the significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with Department of State policy worldwide, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam reduced staffing and suspended routine U.S. citizen and visa services. As local conditions improve and the Dutch government …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate Operations:  In response to the significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with Department of State policy worldwide, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam reduced staffing and suspended routine U.S. citizen and visa services.  As local conditions improve and the Dutch government …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate Operations:  In response to the significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam reduced staffing and suspended routine U.S. citizen and visa services. As local conditions improve and the Dutch government eases social distancing restrictions, we have begun to gradually resume …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam

June 5, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. (New) U.S. Consulate Operations:  In response to the significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam reduced staffing and suspended routine U.S. citizen and visa services.  As local conditions improve and the Dutch government eases social distancing restrictions, we …

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Statement by Ambassador Hoekstra

Recently, together, we commemorated Memorial Day at the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten.  In my opening remarks there I quoted our Founding Fathers who famously wrote, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Recent events …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (June 2, 2020)

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the Malieveld, The Hague, the Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration in support of ongoing protests throughout the U.S. is expected on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m.  The group will assemble at the Malieveld, near Central Station in The Hague. U.S. government personnel …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 29, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands U.S. Consulate Operations: Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services. Check out our COVID-19 FAQs for U.S. citizens for answers to the most common COVID-19 related questions. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information or contact us via email at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov or …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 20, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands U.S. Consulate Operations: Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services. Check out our COVID-19 FAQs for U.S. citizens for answers to the most common COVID-19 related questions. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information or contact us via email at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov or …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 14, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate Operations:  Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services.  Check out our COVID-19 FAQs for U.S. citizens for answers to the most common COVID-19 related questions.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 7, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate Operations:  Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services.  Check out our COVID-19 FAQs for U.S. citizens for answers to the most common COVID-19 related questions.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 30, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate Operations: Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services. Check out our COVID-19 FAQs for U.S. citizens for answers to the most common COVID-19 related questions. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 23, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate Operations:  Effective March 17, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services.  Check out our COVID-19 FAQs for U.S. citizens for answers to the most common COVID-19 related questions.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our …

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Health Alert: Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 16, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. EU Travel Restrictions: The Dutch government is strictly enforcing the EU travel restrictions banning all non-essential travel from outside the EU. The ban has been extended through May 15, 2020. U.S. citizens (and other non-EU citizens and non-residents) are prohibited …

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Health Alert – Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 9, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. EU Travel Restrictions: The Dutch government is strictly enforcing the EU travel restrictions banning all non-essential travel from outside the EU.  U.S. citizens (and other non-EU citizens and non-residents) are prohibited from entering the Netherlands except for those in certain …

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Health Alert – Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 6, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands Dutch Residency Permit Extensions: If your stay in the Netherlands will exceed the period authorized, contact the Dutch immigration service (IND) immediately for assistance. The Dutch government is aware that it may be more difficult to return to your home during …

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Health Alert – 7 Months to Go – Important Information for Overseas Voters During COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 4, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Important Information for Overseas Voters during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, regular diplomatic postal service is operational but significantly reduced.  Ballots submitted to the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam Ballot Box will be mailed only twice weekly.  The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is …

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Health Alert – Daily Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 3, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Daily update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. Commercial Flights Available: International commercial flight options currently exist in the Netherlands.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite …

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Health Alert – Daily Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 2, 2020 – Location: The  Netherlands  Event: Daily update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands.    The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The government of the Netherlands has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  These measures have been extended through April 28.  Schools, restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, hair and …

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Health Alert – Daily Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 1, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Daily update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM ) has confirmed over ten thousand cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The government of the Netherlands has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. These measures have been extended through April 28. Schools, restaurants, …

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Health Alert – Daily Update Regarding COVID-19, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 31, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: Daily update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands. Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive health and security updates and to ensure the State Department can locate you in an emergency. Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page and local news for updates on the situation in the Netherlands. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 30, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The government of the Netherlands has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools, restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, hair and nail salons, and sporting clubs remain closed until April 6. Most restaurants are allowed to provide delivery …

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Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands   

March 27, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The government of the Netherlands has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools, restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, hair and nail salons, and sporting clubs remain closed until April 6. Most restaurants have been allowed to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands  

March 26, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The government of the Netherlands has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools, restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, hair and nail salons, and sporting clubs remain closed until April 6. Most restaurants have been allowed to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands   

March 21, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event: The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline. Effective March 17, 2020 the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam …

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Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands  

March 19, 2020 – Location: The Netherlands Event:  The U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam will be closed on Friday, March 20.  A message to U.S. citizens will be sent when the Consulate reopens for emergency consular services for U.S. citizens and emergency visa processing.  Please continue to monitor our website for updates.  For emergency American Citizens services, please email …

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Women2Women International Leadership Program 2020

Let us know why you should participate in the Women2Women International Leadership Program 2020 in the U.S. and maybe you’ll be selected to participate. U.S. Embassy The Hague is accepting applications for the Women2Women International Leadership Program 2020 , which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts from July 30 to August 8, 2020. Are you a young woman (ages 16-19) …

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Embassy Statement on Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are a key component of countries that embrace the rule of law. IPR is critical for any economy that wants to foster a culture of innovation, risk taking, and entrepreneurship. Innovation and entrepreneurship can be expensive and risky. IPR provides some level of certainty that investments in innovation can be recaptured. …

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We are looking for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow for 2020!

“Submit your application for a prestigious youth program in the United States during the summer of 2020.” U.S. Embassy The Hague is accepting applications for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow!  Are you a Dutch citizen or legal permanent resident who is interested in diplomacy, the transatlantic relations ship, and public service?  Will you be …

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CBP Modernizes the Electronic System for Travel Authorization Website

Release Date: November 22, 2019 Source: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-modernizes-electronic-system-travel-authorization-website New features offer users added convenience and security WASHINGTON — On November 23, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will introduce new features to the Electronic Travel System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website, the portal through which prospective Visa Waiver Program travelers can apply to travel to the United States. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: Malieveld, The Hague Event: Demonstrations are scheduled to take place beginning on Tuesday, October 15 and ending the evening of Thursday, October 17.  Farmers from various regions in the Netherlands are protesting Dutch government livestock policy. The groups will begin traveling on Tuesday from various locations in the Netherlands on large tractors and assemble …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: Announced gathering points and route include, but are not limited to, the Malieveld, The Hague, the Netherlands. Event: A demonstration is expected on Saturday, October 12, 2019, beginning at approximately 2:00 pm. The group is protesting to raise awareness of the situation in Syria. This event is expected to be peaceful. U.S. government personnel …

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Joint Statement on the Maritime Cybersecurity Event during the One Conference

Joint Statement on the Maritime Cybersecurity Event during the One Conference News item | 02-10-2019 | 09:38 The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Denmark, and the Netherlands. On October 1-3, 2019, the United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands chaired a maritime cybersecurity event in the margins of …

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U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019 PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 2, 2019 On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty …

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President Trump accepts historic D-Day flag from the Netherlands

Remarks by President Trump at a Flag Presentation Ceremony   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: July 18, 2019 East Room 3:09 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Before I begin, I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today involving USS Boxer, a Navy amphibious assault ship.  The Boxer took …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands

White House Statement from the Press Secretary Issued on: July 11, 2019 President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House on July 18, 2019.  President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the historic ties and shared interests that link the United States and the Netherlands.  The President …

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50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The 1969 lunar landing was an unprecedented achievement — a milestone in human history. How did it happen? Decades of relentless scientific development as well as courageous astronauts who were determined to explore the unknown did the trick. But there is more. Technologies that are common today came out of Apollo space research. CAT scans, …

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Embassy Celebrates #75LiberationNL at Independence Day Reception

U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra hosted the celebration of the 243rd year of America’s independence at the John Adams Park in Wassenaar, the location of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. We thank all our amazing sponsors for their generous donations. The reception celebrated the 75 years since the Liberation of the Netherlands, with World War …

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Ambassador Hoekstra discusses U.S. priorities at “De Maatschappij”

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Women2Women International Leadership Program 2019

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Statement on ICJ Preliminary Judgment in the Certain Iranian Assets Case

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Press Statement: U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty

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Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

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Lockheed Martin And Royal Netherlands Air Force Celebrate Rollout Of First Dutch Operational F-35

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English version of Ambassador Hoekstra’s opinion piece on Nord Stream 2

December 19- This week De Telegraaf newspaper published an opinion piece by Ambassador Hoekstra about Nord Stream 2 entitled: “Don’t give the Russians power over your gas.” Below is the original English version. Last week the United States Congress passed a bipartisan resolution asking our European allies to take a very important action:  reject the …

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Apply for our Youth Action Council – Deadline Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Fifteen-year-old Just Pallandt, initiated a high-profile visit by inviting Ambassador Pete Hoekstra to the 4e Gymnasium in Amsterdam. The Ambassador spoke to a group of 140 students from this secondary school about his personal background, the strong relations between the Netherlands and the United States, economic and security challenges we are facing, and the upcoming …

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Speakers Share Bipartisan Views on 2018 Midterm Elections

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Signing of the Condolence Registries

In honor of the memory of former President George H.W. Bush, condolence registries will be opened for those wishing to show their respect. Signing opportunities at the Embassy of the United States of America, John Adams Park 1 in Wassenaar, will be on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and Thursday December 6, 2018, from 10:00 – …

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Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

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Marine Ball 2018

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November 15 – New York, New York Ambassador Pete Hoekstra , Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy Michael Kratsios joined together in New York City to launch the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).  The location was fitting given the more than 400 years of friendship between the Dutch and American people began in the city once known as New Amsterdam. This will be the first …

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Ambassador Hoekstra’s Statement on Iran Sanctions

Statement from the Ambassador – November 9, 2018 On November 4, the United States reintroduced expanded sanctions on the Iranian regime.  U.S. sanctions are aimed at deterring Iran’s behavior and driving Iran back to the negotiating table.  These actions continue efforts started by the Trump Administration to put into place a framework to prevent Iran …

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Historic helmet donated to the U.S. Embassy

Ambassador Hoekstra was presented Friday with the helmet of an unknown fallen World War II U.S. Army soldier. It was donated by a Dutch historian, who recovered the helmet from an Operation Market Garden drop zone near Nijmegen. Despite advances in DNA technology, there was no identifiable traces on the helmet that allowed for identifying …

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Lions Club Wassenaar organizes annual dinner at the U.S. Embassy

On November 5, 2018, the brand new U.S. Embassy opened its doors to 125 representatives of the Wassenaar service club community: the Ladies Circle , the Soroptimists , the Round Table , three Rotary clubs and three Lions clubs . In the presence of Wassenaar’s Mayor, Mr. Frank Koen, the evening was opened by Ambassador Pete Hoekstra. He welcomed all the guests and emphasized the …

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Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat visits the Netherlands

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Presidential Proclamation on National Entrepreneurship Month, 2018

October 31, 2018 Since the founding of our Nation, generations of Americans have drawn upon every last measure of grit and determination to push the limits of human knowledge, invention, and capability. Our Nation thrives today because bold entrepreneurs and innovators had vision and drive, stopping at nothing to realize their dreams. This intrepid spirit, …

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Media Note: Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Minsk, Vilnius, and The Hague

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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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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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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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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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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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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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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 …

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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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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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Embassy Celebrates the American Road Trip on Independence Day

U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra hosted the celebration of the 242nd year of America’s independence at the John Adams Park in Wassenaar, the new location of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. The reception celebrated the American road trip, by displaying a selection of classic American cars and a Route 66 theme. We thank all of …

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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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Ambassador and team complete famous 235 kilometer bike race

Ambassador Hoekstra led a four-person Embassy team to complete the 11 city bike race called the Fietselfstedentocht on May 21.  For more than 100 years the Province of Friesland has hosted the bike race.  More than 15,000 participants ride 235 kilometers through the province.  This was Ambassador Hoekstra’s third time completing the race.  The Embassy team …

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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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Ambassador Hoekstra visits Gouda and Oudewater

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited the towns of Gouda and Oudewater on May 7, 2018. In Gouda he first visited  the  Driestar College where he met with students and administrators. He then went to Driestar Educatief to speak with administrators about the Dutch educational system and school choice. He was invited to join Mayor Milo Schoenmaker for lunch …

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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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On the Occasion of Koningsdag in the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC April 26, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on his fifth celebration of Koningsdag, and extend my best wishes to the people of the Netherlands on this joyous occasion. For more than …

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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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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Secretary of State Pompeo

STATEMENTS & RELEASES Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State Issued on: April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will …

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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 …

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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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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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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 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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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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Secretary’s Remarks: President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 18, 2017 ________________________________ The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting …

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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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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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Secretary Tillerson speaks on The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances

Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson The Wilson Center Washington, DC – November 28, 2017 The Wilson Center has made many important contributions to public policy over the years, and therefore it’s a very fitting venue for our discussion today on Europe, considering that 100 years ago this year the United States entered World War I …

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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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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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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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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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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Amsterdam Police Cordon Off Amstelstraat Area After Finding Hand Grenade

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Amsterdam Police Cordon Off Amstelstraat Area After Finding Hand Grenade August 24, 2017 Amsterdam Police report discovering a hand grenade in the Amstelstraat area and are investigating.  The area has been cordoned off to the public.  U.S. citizens should avoid the area and follow the instructions …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Washington, DC- August 15, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right. This law calls for the government …

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President sends official nomination of Peter Hoekstra for U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands to Senate

Yesterday the White House announced that President Donald Trump sent 16 nominations to the Senate.  One was the official nomination for Peter Hoekstra, of Michigan, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.   Read the full text …

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President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Peter Hoekstra as Ambassador to the Netherlands (subject to Senate confirmation).

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts Peter Hoekstra of Michigan to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Hoekstra is a prominent politician …

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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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Press Statement on the JIT and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 6, 2017 –The United States welcomes the unanimous decision of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) granting jurisdiction for the prosecution of those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 to the Dutch courts. We have full confidence in the ability of the Dutch criminal justice system …

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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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Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States

Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States Release Date: June 28, 2017 The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy. Terrorist groups continue to target passenger aircraft, and we have seen a “spider web” of threats to commercial aviation as terrorist pursue …

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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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An incident has been reported at Amsterdam Central Station.

Dutch Police reported an incident this evening at Amsterdam Central Station.  They report that they have apprehended a suspect.  According to Police the incident does not appear to be intentional.  They are investigating further.  Please follow @politie_Adam for the latest updates. Reminder for U.S. Citizen needing after hours assistance: If you need to contact the Consulate …

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Statement from Secretary Tillerson on 2017 LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI …

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Secretary Tillerson’s statement on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 6, 2017 Seventy years ago, on June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall laid out his bold vision for the United States to help the war-ravaged nations of Europe recover from the massive destruction of World War II. Marshall’s vision was central …

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Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

THE WHITE HOUSE:  Office of the Press Secretary June 1, 2017- Rose Garden 3:32 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila.  We’re closely monitoring the situation, and I will continue to give updates if anything happens during this period …

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DHS Statement on Aviation Security

Statement by Press Secretary Dave Lapan on Aviation Security May 30, 2017 For Immediate Release TSA Public Affairs WASHINGTON – Secretary Kelly had a call today with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to discuss aviation security. Three items were discussed.  First, they agreed on the need to raise the …

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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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Dutch and U.S. citizens honor fallen soliders on Memorial Day weekend

Hundreds of citizens from the Netherlands, America, and other nations gathered, Saturday May 27, at the  Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten to prepare for the annual ceremony in honor of Memorial Day.  The cemetery is administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and is the final resting place for 8,301 American soldiers who …

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Remarks by President Trump at NATO Unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials

NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium 4:39 P.M. CEST PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  Chancellor Merkel, thank you very much.  Other heads of state and government, I am honored to be here with members of an alliance that has promoted safety and peace across the world. Prime Minister May, all of the nations …

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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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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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POTUS Orders Missile Attack in Retaliation for Syrian Chemical Strikes

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, April 6, 2017 — The United States fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria today in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people. President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on …

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President Trump’s Statement on Syria

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON SYRIA April 6, 2017 THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal death for so many.  Even …

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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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Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports

Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States Release Date: March 21, 2017 Overview: Change to international travel carry-on items Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling …