Verhagen visiting the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen is visiting the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba from 8 to 11 July to discuss various issues of foreign policy with the prime ministers of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

The subjects to be discussed are the future frameworks for implementing foreign policy, the countries’ relationship with the European Union as well as with other countries in the Caribbean.

Mr Verhagen will also be visiting the Parera naval base near Willemstad, Curaçao. The Dutch navy supports the local civil authorities and makes an important contribution to regional stability and security through, for example, combating maritime drug trafficking.

While the prime ministers of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba are best placed to look after their countries’ foreign relations, ultimate responsibility for the foreign policy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands lies with Mr Verhagen as Minister of Foreign Affairs.