H.E. Mr. Mario Oyarzábal, Ambassador of Argentina and the President of the Senate, Dr. Jan Anthonie Bruijn.
By Roy Lie Atjam.
The Hague, 17 September 2020, Leonardo Royal Hotel.- In keeping with the advice of the Dutch Government, Diplomat Magazine in collaboration with Leonardo Royal Hotel hosted an end of the summer small-scale reception to welcome back the diplomatic community to town.
In addition to welcoming back the diplomatic community, the reception also welcomed new Ambassadors from South Africa, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Mexico and other countries.
Notably, the event was attended by the President of the Netherlands Senate Dr. Jan Antoine Bruijn, who briefly addressed the Diplomatic community on a personal note.
The joyous event also had the honor to entertain the business community, politicians, academics as well as members of different international organizations.
Entertainment for the evening included a marvellous jazz band led by Daniel Nicolas that animated the evening. The guests also enjoyed a Tango dance performance by the couple Ezequiel and Gerardina.
As in previous years, the Embassy of Argentina served the best Argentinean wines and the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Mario Oyarzábal was able to give much information about the different varieties of wines from his country.
Here is an excerpt of what he said //
While the Argentine embassy has regularly participated in this annual event, where the diplomatic community of The Hague meets again at the end of the summer, for me, this is the first time, as I arrived in the Netherlands in March this year and fully assumed the functions as Head of Mission at the Embassy in July, after presenting my credentials to King William Alexander.
As many of you know, the historical links between Argentina and the Netherlands are very deep-seated and diverse. It is an honor, as the Argentine Ambassador, to contribute to the strengthening of the ties of friendship between both countries as well as to deepen the bilateral relations.
At present, the relationship between Argentina and the Netherlands is marked by the closeness between the respective governments and societies and by the economic and scientific-technological complementation, as well as the cooperation in the international field.
Once again, I would like to thank the Diplomat Magazine and Ms. De Lara for the invitation. Unfortunately, this year’s circumstances due to the covid-19 pandemic make the celebration slightly different. However, I did not want to miss out on being part of and sharing this pleasant evening with colleagues from the different embassies.
As in previous editions, we will enjoy two Argentine wine varieties: Malbec and Torrontes.
Argentina ranks as the 5th wine producer and 9th exporter in the World. Almost 900 wineries make this possible. The Dutch market is the 6th destination of our wine export in the world.
The boom in Argentina’s wine exports owes a lot to Malbec. Over the course of time, and after much effort, Malbec came to be Argentina’s flagship variety.
But not all is Malbec or red wine. Torrontés has the potential of being Argentina’s white wine icon. It is produced only in Argentina, across all the winemaking regions, and has an incomparable flavor//
Further on the program was a luxury cars exhibition of the world’s newest Lexus edition for the attendees to enjoy.
All in all, the evening has been a successful one with all the attendees respecting and observing all the coronavirus protocols and restrictions.