Published On: Wed, Mar 1st, 2017

Dutch Minister of Foreign Relations meets with Premiers Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten

KoendersORANJESTAD – The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders met with the Prime Ministers of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten last Tuesday to discuss the foreign policy of the Dutch Kingdom.

The Ministers talked, among other, developments in the Caribbean region.

Koenders, who led the annual Kingdom Foreign Relations Conference as chairman, believes it is important that as the Kingdom Minister to be informed about the foreign policy priorities of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. “Then we can these into account within the Kingdom’s foreign policy. Many interests are shared interests,” said the Dutch Minister.

For example, developments in neighboring Venezuela could have repercussions for the Kingdom. Koenders: “The situation in Venezuela is worrisome. Economic, political and humanitarian crises deepen. I also remain concerned about the human rights situation. The very broad relationship that the Kingdom has with Venezuela, makes it possible to place such sensitive issues on the agenda.”

At the same time, according to the Minister, the region also offers opportunities, such as the opening in Cuba and peace in Colombia. In addition, the relationship with the US is important, because the Kingdom and the US have common interests in the region in terms of security and stability, but also sustainable development and energy supply.

As a Kingdom Minister, Koenders wants to visit the Dutch Caribbean islands at least once a year. Last year that was not possible for various reasons. Meanwhile, there were obviously a lot of mutual contacts, for example, the campaign of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for a temporary seat on the UN Security Council.

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