Ambassador Mbuende enters Benelux diplomatic stage
The Ambassador of Namibia to the Benelux countries and the European Union, H.E. Dr. Kaire Mbuende, presented his Letters of Credence last week to the King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, at a ceremony in the Royal Palace Noordeinde in The Hague.
Dr Mbuende can now officially engage Dutch government officials in his capacity as representative of the Namibian government. The Ambassador was accompanied Mrs. Latungika Loide Shikwambi, First Secretary at the Namibian Embassy in Brussels. Ambassador Mbuende used the occasion to convey the best wishes of the Namibian President, Dr. Hage Geingob, to His Royal Highness the King of the Netherlands.
The presentation of his credentials is also an affirmation of the longstanding relations between the Namibia and the Netherlands. The relationship between the two countries has evolved over many years and went through different stages ranging from the exploration of the coast of Namibia by the Dutch East India Company in 1670 to the support for the struggle for the independence of Namibia by the Dutch people through among others the Southern Africa Committee and the broader anti-apartheid solidarity movement. The two countries established diplomatic relations on 23 April 1990 after the attainment of the independence of Namibia on 21 March 1990.
Later on the same day, Dr Mbuende participated in a ceremony at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, (OPCW) in The Hague. The OPCW promotes and verifies the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction. Namibia signed and ratified this convention.