Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2018

Dutch, Venezuelan officials to meet in Aruba

ArubaORANJESTAD - The Dutch government has scheduled a high-level meeting with Venezuelan officials in Aruba tomorrow to discuss ongoing tensions between Caracas and the Caribbean islands that have significant refining and logistical ties to Venezuela.

"We hope for a constructive meeting that hopefully will result in a normalization of relations as soon as possible," said a spokesman for the Dutch foreign ministry.

Months of friction between Caracas and the nearby islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire boiled over on 5 January when Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro imposed a 72-hour closure of air and sea links, accusing the islands of smuggling Venezuelan goods, including minerals such as gold and coltan. Days later Caracas said the borders would remain closed indefinitely until the islands' authorities take measures to tamp down on the contraband activity.

The meeting will take place tomorrow at 2 pm local time.


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