Ambassador Jan Waltmans

Welcome note ambassador Jan Waltmans

It was with great pleasure that I started my new position as ambassador of the Netherlands in Lebanon. Lebanon is a beautiful country with a rich history. The Middle East is currently going through a particularly unstable period. Millions of people have lost their homes due to conflicts and are looking for a safe residence elsewhere, which also has an impact on Lebanon. Approximately 1.5 million refugees have found shelter in Lebanon, significantly increasing the population within the country. These refugees are drawing on the public services of Lebanon.

The Netherlands supports Lebanon in the reception of the refugees, but also seeks to strengthen the Lebanese population that is offering hospitality. The Netherlands, in collaboration with Lebanese and international partners, carries out programmes focused on, among other things, education, agriculture and employment opportunities. The Netherlands also supports the Lebanese army, through enforcing tighter border management for example.

For Lebanon, but also for the Netherlands, trade, commerce and the economy are of importance. We connect companies in Lebanon and in the Netherlands where possibilities arise.

Another priority is the advancement of respect for human rights. This also includes the reunification of families of Syrian refugees that have obtained a residence status in The Netherlands.

Together with a team of enthusiastic colleagues and our external partners in Lebanon and The Netherlands, I will actively seek to realise the full potential of the relations between both countries.

Jan Waltmans

Ambassador in Beirut

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Curriculum vitae ambassador Jan Waltmans

Name:             Waltmans, Jan

Date of birth: 25 september 1963

Education:      1982   VWO

                         1986   Law and Public Administration, Tilburg University, Tilburg

Ambassador Jan Waltmans entered into service at the ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988. He worked in different positions in Zambia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and at the Department for Effectiviness and Quality of International Development Cooperation and the Asia and Oceania Department                                   

August 2017- now ambassador Beirut, Lebanon
2015 - 2017 ambassador Baghdad, Iraq
2012 - 2015 deputy head Asia and Oceania Department    
2010 - 2012 deputy ambassador Kabul, Afghanistan
2006 - 2010 deputy director for Effectiviness and Quality of International Development Cooperation
2002 - 2006 deputy ambassador Lusaka, Zambia