Ambassador lecture: Working for a Better Future, on Friday 15 November

Jan Waltmans, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Lebanon will give a lecture on ‘Working for a Better Future: Netherlands Priorities in Lebanon‘.

With the practical experience of conducting diplomacy in countries like Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr Waltmans has been committed to fostering Dutch-Lebanese relations.

When: Friday 15 November, 19.00 – 20.30
Where: Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Entrance: Free, but; first come, first served basis!

As protests currently take place in Lebanon, the world is forced to take notice of the plight of a nation that has been seen as a proxy at the hands of key players in the Middle East. One may wonder whether Lebanon’s battle with sectarian politics has ever reached a ceasefire stage.

In this interactive lecture, Mr Waltmans will provide an insight into the key challenges Lebanon faces, including the presence of over 1 million Syrian refugees. He will explain why the government of the Netherlands has decided to give a ‘focus country status’ to Lebanon. What does it mean to be a ‘focus country’ for the embassy? What results can be achieved?

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