October 2015 ©MoD of the kingdom of the Netherlands
October 2015 ©MoD of the kingdom of the Netherlands
Secretary General expressed NATO’s gratitude to the Netherlands for its significant Active Role in the Alliance.
“This is a critical time for our Nations. A time when the entire European Security order, and the core values that underpin our Democratic societies are being challenged. We need a Strong, Capable NATO to ensure our common Security. Allies such as the Netherlands are essential to the effectiveness of this Alliance, Politically and Militarily,” elaborated Secretary General Stoltenberg . 17 Dec 2015 ©NATO
On his official trip, the U.S Secretary of Defense met with high level Defense Official from U.S and the Coalition Troops stationed in Middle East and expressed his praise for their service and sacrifice to keep the Region and the World safe.
On the same trip on December 19, Secretary Carter met with the Minister of Defense of France for an official discussion, and visited the Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle, stationed in the Arabian Gulf.
“Speaking as an American, it is magnificent for me to be out here on this strong Ship with a strong ally like France. France is America’s oldest friend and ally. We’re very proud to be your friend and your ally,” stated the U.S Defense Secretary
“France not only has contributed to the efforts to defeat ISIL, but being in the Arabian Gulf with the Charles de Gaulle means that the Nation is on a broader mission — protecting the Region’s Security.” and continued “That’s a reminder to us of the global reach, global strength and the global reputation of France as a Force for Civilization,
…….This is the Civilized World defending itself and defending what we stand for.” concluded the U.S Defense Secretary.
Read the report from the Ministry of National Economy Hungarian Foreign Trade sector reached the Highest surplus in a decade already in August 2015
In line with the informal guidelines of the European Commission and in accordance with the MoU concluded with the EBRD the Government has submitted to parliament an amendment on bank tax. Bank Tax rate lowered as of 1 January 2016 ©Ministry for National Economy
Press release by the Ministry of National Economy, 10 December 2015 Foreign Trade surplus may reach an all-time High of EUR 7.5-8bn this year in Hungary
The ‘Code of Conduct’ launched by Liechtenstein has been accepted by most UN Member States.
By December 2015, more than 108 United Nations Member States singed the ‘Code of Conduct’ initiated by Liechtenstein, to pledge standing firmly against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. France and the United Kingdome the two permanent Members of Security Council with other current members of the Security Council have also signed the Code and stated their supports.
The Code of Conduct was initiated by Liechtenstein under the leadership of Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick in October 2015.
And it affirms:
On December 7th, the NATO Standing Maritime Group-2 (SNMG2), with its current Flagship of FGS HAMBURG of Germany and HDMS ABSALON of the Royal Danish Navy visited port of Haifa in Israel. The visit was part of their mission in their journey to the Mediterranean Dialogue Partner-Nations.
During the visit the Crew from the NATO SNMG2 met, for an official discussion, with the Israelis Naval Force. Before the Flagships depart the port– there was a joint Military Exercise, designed to bring the NATO and Israeli Armed-Forces to the higher interoperability level at the Sea.
As a Mediterranean Dialogue Partner Nation with NATO, Israel has been playing a vital role, in the framework of NATO mission in the region, particularly in:
The NATO Standing Maritime Group-2 (SNMG2) with its current Flagship from Deutsche Marine and the Royal Danish Navy have been in deployment since September in NATO’s Counter-Piracy ‘Operation Ocean Shield’.
By Catherine Stella Schmidt
U.S Secretary John Kerry travelled to Greece and met with Foreign Minister Kotzias in Athens. The meeting was to discuss the importance of Greece partnerships with the U.S and its leadership in the region and in Europe.
Statement by Foreign Minister Kotzias:
“Good day. I welcome my friend Secretary of State John Kerry, with whom we work closely in the context and the spirit of the traditional bonds of friendship that join the two countries, and I also welcome him and hope we will see him again in the future, because he is a person who loves the sea and sailing, and the Greek islands. We will await him in the future.
Mr. Kerry is a great Secretary of State, distinguished for his rationality, his clear thinking and his realism. John Kerry is the Secretary of State of a country where there is a large Greek community, the role of which as a bridge between Greece and the U.S. is well known. 4 Dec.2015 © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece
Excerpt of Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond message on Human Rights
“Our British democratic values have developed over time with human rights at their core. We are reminded of this fact this year as we mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, sealed at Runnymede in my constituency.
Human Rights Day – chosen by the UN General Assembly to mark the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is a day when Britain, a key promoter of such rights and values, can hold its head high. This Government was elected on a manifesto commitment to protect Human Rights. We are doing that in three ways.
…..we make most progress on Human Rights around the world when our approach appeals to others’ enlightened self-interest and is sensitive to their culture and history. In short, we have to persuade countries and governments that respecting human rights will be beneficial to them.
Human Rights expertise is an important part of the training our staff receive. Teams working in countries where we have particular concerns, and their colleagues in London, see Human Rights as an integral part of what we are trying to achieve with that country. This year the Foreign Office is supporting more than 75 Human Rights projects in more than 40 countries and we are continuing to pursue a pioneering approach to preventing sexual violence in conflict.
We were leaders on Human Rights in 1215, as the Magna Carta was sealed, and we remain leaders now in 2015.
As we promote and protect those standards across the world, we are approaching human rights diplomacy in our own, British way, to ensure we get the right results.” 10 Dec 2015©UK Foreign Office
The efforts to support Human Rights Defenders have been always main priority for Dutch Government and its policy. Those important measures are,not limited, but include:
By Catherine Stella Schmidt
Excerpt of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Climate Conference Paris
“I take this opportunity to again express the solidarity of the people of Israel with the people of France. Both our peoples have long and bitter experience confronting terrorism. This is not surprising, because Israel and France have in common precisely those qualities that the terrorists seek to destroy: Freedom, Equality, Pluralism, Tolerance and Democracy.”
Today we must focus on the security, not just of the nations of the world, but of the world itself. And even as Israel plays a Leading role in the fight against terrorism, we are also playing a Leading role in addressing climate change.
I want to say first that Israel is committed to those goals and will act accordingly, in deed and in word to fulfill them. Technology gives us the ability to do the unimaginable. Last year Israel was ranked number one in the Global Clean-Tech Innovation Index.
We are a world leader in making the use of water more efficient, therefore more energy efficient. Israel is the number one recycler of water in the world. It has the highest ratio of water efficiency in the world – 70-80%, this is thanks to innovative technologies like drip irrigation, which I know many of you are familiar with.
For decades, Israel has been a Pioneer in Solar energy. We are also developing state-of-the-art techniques to increase crop yields and to make desert agriculture possible. 30.Nov.2015 ©Prime Minister Office Continue to read PM Netanyahu’s Speech, the office of Prime Minister