Timmermans discusses foreign policy with St Maarten
Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has held talks about Dutch foreign policy with the Prime Minister of St Maarten, Sarah Wescot-Williams, in the capital Philipsburg. Mr Timmermans is visiting St Maarten in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the countries of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten.
Mr Timmermans said ‘It is a great advantage for all four of us to have Caribbean countries in our kingdom, in a region where states like Brazil, Colombia and Panama are enjoying tremendous economic growth.’ Last week the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten entered into an agreement with Venezuela to expand political and economic cooperation.
Ms Wescot-Williams and Mr Timmermans discussed the political developments in the region, cooperation between St Maarten and the French part of the island, Saint-Martin, and topics that are specifically relevant to St Maarten in connection with the UN, such as HIV-AIDS.
‘Our embassies and other diplomatic representations promote the interests of the entire kingdom – including St Maarten, Aruba and Curaçao. Not only through economic diplomacy but also at the United Nations, for instance,’ Mr Timmermans explained.
Mr Timmermans also met with the Governor of St Maarten, Mr Eugene Holiday, the Deputy President of Parliament, Mr Romain La Ville, and the Chairman of the Committee on Kingdom Affairs, Mr Roy Marlin. He also visited the St Maarten Port Authority.