Ambassador in Beirut

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.

The embassy is happy to offer its services to the Dutch community in Lebanon. Through our local phone line you can get in touch with the Foreign Affairs Contact Centre in The Hague, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The contact centre is able to answer all your questions concerning passports, visa’s, documents and consular services. If necessary, you will be redirected to the embassy for more specific advice or consular support.

If you like to stay in the loop concerning the travel advice and safety advices, and if you would like to receive invitations that the Embassy sends out to Dutch citizens in Lebanon, you can register in our system via 24/7 BZ Information service.

I hope to meet you soon at one of the Dutch events in Lebanon.

Jan Waltmans

Ambassador in Beirut

Follow me on Twitter

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