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18th-century Ethiopian crown returns home after decades

Following a meeting between Ms Kaag and Prime Minister Abiy, the crown was officially handed over at a special ceremony

Today the Dutch government returned an important religious crown, the property of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, to Ethiopia. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, were present at the festive handing over ceremony in Addis Ababa. The 18th-century crown, which…

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Minister Kaag: investing more in development in Niger

The government will also support projects to help ensure safe and clean water, as well as initiatives that will help young entrepreneurs start businesses

The Netherlands will be increasing its investment in sustainable development for Niger over the next several years. As part of this, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag is focusing on programmes that combat poverty and offer young people education and access to the job market. The government…

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The Netherlands to extend involvement in Mali, Iraq and Afghanistan missions

Through its participation in MINUSMA the Netherlands contributes to stability in Mali and, with it, the wider Sahel region

Next year, the Netherlands will continue its active participation in the UN peace mission in Mali, the international anti-ISIS coalition and the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The cabinet has agreed to extend all 3 missions, as affirmed in letters which was sent to parliament on Monday. In the government’s view the…

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Koenders calls for UN sanctions on people smugglers in Libya

‘What’s more, our aim in Libya is not only to get the flow of migrants under control, but also to combat the gross violations of human rights increasingly being suffered by those smuggled into the country’

The United Nations should deploy sanctions in the fight against people smuggling and trafficking via Libya, thinks foreign minister Bert Koenders. Placing the leaders of the criminal organisations involved in people smuggling on a sanctions list would make it possible to freeze their financial assets and to prohibit any economic…