WASHINGTON - The prime ministers of Aruba and Curaçao, Evelyn Wever-Croes and Eugene Rhuggenaath were on a two-day joint mission in Washington earlier this week. Main topic on the agenda: Venezuela and the refineries.
The prime ministers think it is important that the American authorities know exactly how great the impact is of the Venezuelan crisis, specifically the migration flow, on Aruba and Curaçao.
The prime ministers met with Bonnie Glick from USAID, with Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams from State Department, with Undersecretary of State David Hale, with Secretary General of the OAS Luis Almagro, with Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman and with members of the Congress Plaskett and Meeks about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the impact on Aruba and Curaçao. The American authorities are very grateful to Aruba and Curaçao for the sacrifices that both countries have already made and are still doing for the Venezuelans who are fleeing their country, and in particular Curaçao for the humanitarian hub. In this context, they have agreed to be willing to assist both islands.
The prime ministers have also drawn attention to the situation of the refineries in Aruba and in Curacao. Although the situation is different in both countries, the prime ministers have given a clear explanation of the uncertainties.
Discussions were held with OFAC, Office for Foreign Asset Control, regarding sanctions and licenses. The prime ministers also met with the Undersecretary of Treasury Sigal Mandelker about this. Treasury understands the financial challenges and will take the requests from the countries forward.
During the visit to Washington, the prime ministers also took the opportunity to meet with the US Chamber of Commerce and the World Bank on economic opportunities in both countries. Good contacts were also made on this and follow-up agreements were made.
At the end of their visit, both prime ministers gave an interview from the balcony of Speaker of the House on Capitol Hill, and indicated to be very satisfied with the meetings over the past two days, but mainly because they did this together. "Together we are strong", Evelyn Wever-Croes and Eugene Rhuggenaath agreed.