1. Exercise Cope Tiger has been underway in March 2017, a multilateral training exercise involving the U.S Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force for increasing combat readiness and inter-operability. It involved over 70 aircraft and over 40 air defence assets.
2. As part of the 20th anniversary commemoration at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the 26th April 2017 in The Hague, the Netherlands, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will attend the event. During the ceremony, His Majesty the King together with the Director-General, will unveil a plaque in honour of the OPCW’s anniversary.
3. On the 31st March 2017, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attended a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of the meeting was about the changing security threats in the world. Issues discussed were about Russia’s activities, international terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, and appeals for help in Libya.
4. For the month of April 2017, the President of the United Nations Security Council is the United States. The US Ambassador to the UN is Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor. The provisional work programme has not yet been updated. It will be an interesting month to see what the first UNSC presidency of Trump’s administration will bring.
5. There have been three new ambassador appointments from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, subject to the receiving state’s approval. They are:
Harman Idema, currently head of the Office for International Cooperation, to be the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Chile, duty station Santiago de Chile.
Ed Kronenburg, currently ambassador in the French Republic, to be the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the People’s Republic of China, duty station Beijing.
Anne van Leeuwen, currently consul-general in Toronto to be the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Suriname, duty station Paramaribo.