Published On: Wed, Jun 5th, 2013

Venezuela, Netherlands sign cooperation agreement

Dutch Kingdom and VenezuelaCARACAS, DUTCH KINGDOM – Venezuela endorsed a series of cooperation agreements in commercial, agricultural, technological and energy matters with Netherlands.

Venezuela foreign minister, Elias Jaua held a meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Frans Timmermans and Prime Ministers of Aruba Mike Eman and Curacao, Daniel Hodge, to tackle with areas of the agreements.

Similarly, they reviewed domestic and regional advances achieved under integrative mechanism as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Common Market of the South (Mercosur) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Diplomatic delegations were expected to talk about the use of fresh water in times of disasters on the basis of the strength of the Netherlands and taking into account damages caused by relentless rains in Venezuela, as well as overflowing of rivers.

Another issue to be treated in the meeting is management of docks, emphasizing foods and frozen freights, taking into account that Netherlands’ port of Rotterdam is the world’s largest and is used as reference.

The meeting takes place after a meeting between foreign minister Jaua and Timmermans, which took place during the CELAC-European Union Summit, in Santiago de Chile, in January 2013.

Elias Jaua said the agreements signed with the Netherlands are another evidence of the National Government’s determination to solidify warm relations with neighbor nations.

“We have committed in these unified efforts of the Union of South American Nations and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States to preserve our Latin and Caribbean America as zone of peace.” He said that people in the region stand monitoring the peace process carried out by Colombia in the face of its domestic conflict.

Peace in Colombia, he added, will lead to a “Latin America which will be the only one in the world without any significantly military neither social conflict and which, besides, does not take part on any military confrontation worldwide.” Timmermans praised the accords signed, saying that they will allow the Netherlands to be a bridge between Venezuela and Europe and for Caracas to be a bond between Latin America and Europe.

In turn, Curacao Prime Minister, Daniel Hodge thanks Venezuela for the possibility of signing a framework agreement to strengthen even more their bilateral relationship.

“it gives us the opportunity to tighten relations. The relationship with Venezuela has lasted for centuries. We share many things together,” Hodge added.

The Prime Minister recalled that in Curacao works a refinery with the support of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, which represents “another evidence of the very tight bonds between the two countries.” In addition, Aruba’s Prime Minister, Mike Eman, emphasized the friendly relationship between that Caribbean nation and Venezuela.

“The challenge is that future shall be in charge of people inspired in seeking cooperation, solidarity,” Eman stressed.

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