PM: Inclusion should be practiced beyond Kingdom visits

POSTED: 12/3/13 12:27 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wants to see the same level of diplomacy and respect for autonomy that was displayed during the Kingdom delegation visit to South America repeated. Following her recent visit to Colombia and Venezuela as part of the Royal delegation, and with the leaders of Aruba and Curacao at her side, the leader of government described the visit as ceremonial and short but significant.
“Especially for Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten, the trip held particular significance. We had the opportunity to talk to Representatives of the Dutch embassies in these countries as well as the presidents. I think this type of an approach of inclusion bodes well if we continue to promote all parts of the Kingdom as being part of the Kingdom.
“I hope that this will also find its way in the more political settings and levels of the Kingdom. We also need to see this approach of inclusion and understanding of the other three countries in the Kingdom, apart from the Netherlands,” she stressed.
In February, Wescot-Williams met with Colombian Consul Alfonso de Jesus Velez Rivas in order to discuss strengthening of ties and cooperation on medical referrals, the importation of vegetables, fruits and meats, and the fight against human trafficking.
“I believe that for the partners in the Kingdom, it had a lot of significance because the point that was stressed by His Majesty King Willem Alexander about the Kingdom consisting of four countries, so when he made the announcement that within the first year of his reign he would visit neighboring countries, looking at the entire Kingdom, Venezuela and Colombia are neighbors,” she said.
During the visit, the Prime Minister also witnessed the opening of the Holland House in Bogota, Colombia.

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