Published On: Sat, Nov 23rd, 2013

Willem-Alexander praised Colombia

Willem-Alexander-vol-lof-over-Colombia-ANP-BOGOTA - Netherlands is proud to take the relations with Colombia to a higher level. This is according to King Willem-Alexander yesterday afternoon in a speech at the opening of the Holland House in Bogota at the end of his brief introductory visit to the South American country. It was the first time that a Dutch head of state visited Colombia. The royal visit was part of Colombian mass media interest.

According to the King, the Netherlands and Colombia are neighbors which should get to know each other better and appreciate each other's friendship every year. “The closer we work together, the more we appreciate the mutual ties and the more we see opportunities to broaden and deepen those ties.” Colombia is a major trading partner of the Netherlands and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The Prime Ministers of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten were also present.

The king, who was helped by Maxima, who held the microphone in front of him, praised the results that Colombia has made ​​in improving the security situation and the business environment in recent years. He also praised Colombia for improvements in the field of water management and the protection of nature and natural resources. He also saw opportunities to strengthen cooperation with the Netherlands and was pleased that the below sea level Netherlands now has a Holland House, Casa de Holanda, at 2600 meters.

Source/image: ANP

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