Arman Angishan (L) tries to break a Guinness World Record by getting as many signatures as possible from embassies. © Frank Jansen / In the picture with Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio.
Published by AD Haagsche Courant / AD 18-09-2020 Leo van der Velde / Translated by Afaf Zoughbi, Embassy of Lebanon.
World Record: In one day along all Ambassadors in The Hague.
“I thought: I can do that too,”.
Arman Angishan (25) Member of Diplomat Magazine, set a new Guinness World Record yesterday. On his bike, he visited 36 Embassies in The Hague in one day and had his picture taken with the Ambassador or his Deputy. At the Embassy of Albania, with Ambassador Adia Sakiqi, he broke the old record of 33 Embassies.
Angishan: “I’ve always wanted to set a record”. “Then I noticed this in the Guinness Book and I thought: I can do that too ”. Together with Kejda Revaj, photographer of Diplomat Magazine, the glossy, written by and for Ambassadors and other Diplomats in The Hague. The first Embassy visited by the junior Legal officer was the Embassy of Vatican at Carnegielaan. There he was received by Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, the Apostolic Nuncio (Ambassador).
The same happened, across the street, on Tobias Asserlaan, with the Ambassador of Japan Mr. Hidehisa Horinouchi. On his bike tour Arman was accompanied by Mr. August Zeidman, tour leader, and 4 witnesses, volunteers who note down the times. During a tryout on Sunday, it became apparent that the distances between addresses were close enough to make the record feasible. Though many visits could be registered in the International area and villas on the Johan de Wittlaan behind the Peace Palace, Dr Mayelinne De Lara, publisher of the Magazine and Website with the same name, was very concerned before the event.
“We had to wait a long time for the registrations but suddenly all the confirmations came in. Glad that it worked, knowing that strict Corona safety measures had to be followed”.
Until yesterday, the record of the most visited Embassies in 24 hours was held by Omar Ouaili (Morocco) who could visit 33 Embassies in London, on 26 March 2019.