While in the Netherlands, the congressional delegation will visit Rotterdam. Photo: Claire Droppert / Rotterdam Image Bank
(Washington, D.C.) — The Netherlands and the United States are bound by more than 400 years of shared history and common beliefs in security, freedom, and justice. The Netherlands and the United States are strong trading partners, as well as staunch allies in international security and the pursuit of international legal order.
To underscore the strong ties between the two nations, and illustrate the innovation that thrives in the Netherlands, the Dutch government invited members of the Congressional Dutch Caucus and the European Union Caucus to visit the Netherlands. Participants include:
- Representative Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan), co-chair of the Dutch Caucus
- Representative John “Judge” Carter (R-Texas)
- Representative Gregory Meeks (D-New York), co-chair of the EU Caucus
- Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey)
During their visit to the Netherlands, the congressional delegation will meet with Dutch officials, including the Minister of Defense, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mayors of Rotterdam and Eindhoven, and officials from the office of the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, and innovation experts. The visit coincides with the opening of the new US Embassy in Wassenaar. Members of the delegation will be guests of honor at the opening and meet with US Ambassador Pete Hoekstra.
“International cooperation and diplomacy are more important than ever, and the work of the Dutch and European Union caucuses are vital to the strong relationship between the Netherlands and the United States,” said Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer. “The Netherlands is pleased to show the congressional delegation that the longstanding relationship between both nations is the foundation for vibrant cooperation today in security, trade, and innovation.”
The delegation’s schedule includes:
- meetings with Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld, the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs Yoka Brandt, officials from the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma and the Mayor of Eijsden-Margraten Dieudonné Akkermans
- a visit to the Eygelshoven Army Depot, a storage base that was handed over to the U.S., in 2016. At Eygelshoven, the delegation and US and Dutch military officials will discuss NATO operations both nations participate in;
- a visit to the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten where 8,301 American service men and women are laid to rest. In recognition of the American military’s sacrifice during World War II, each grave is adopted by a Dutch family that tends to it throughout the year;
- a visit to Brainport Eindhoven, an innovative and technology hub where companies that work in the fields of health, hi-tech, food technology, energy, engineering, design and smart mobility are clustered in campuses to foster development;
- a visit to the Peace Palace in The Hague and meeting with Justice Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, president of the International Court of Justice and US judge Joan E. Donoghue;
- visits to Rotterdam, home of the Port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam; and
- several meetings with the Dutch private sector.
Members of the press interested in the visit should contact Carla Bundy, press officer at the Netherlands Embassy, at 202-274-2632.