On Sunday President of Parliament Honourable Gracita Arrindell and faction leaders represented in Parliament met with Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Hon. Piet Hein Donner and Minister of Immigration and Asylum Hon. Gerd Leers at the House of Parliament.
Honourable President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell had a courtesy visit from Dutch Ambassador Lucita Cecilia Gairoen-Nisa Moeniralam who is stationed in Trinidad & Tobago.
The Ambassador and the President discussed a number of issues such as visa policy procedures for certain Caribbean countries; the state visa law; cutbacks in the diplomatic corps in the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and the working relationship with regional entities on a functional basis such as disaster committees.
The Hon. President of Parliament Arrindell added that the Ambassador was very instrumental in introducing the Sint Maarten delegation to a number of Ambassadors including the one from Japan during the official state funeral in Barbados last year of the late Prime Minister Thompson.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ambassador Lucita Cecilia Gairoen-Nisa Moeniralam on her appointment in representing the Kingdom within the Caribbean Basin.
“Moeniralam was also very instrumental in assisting Sint Maarten with organizing its first referendum back in 1994,” President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell said on Sunday.