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Huizenga concludes delegation visit to Netherlands

The Holland Sentinel • Apr 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, has returned from a trip during which he led a bipartisan congressional delegation to the Netherlands.

The trip was purposed to highlight and further strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Huizenga returned to the U.S. late last week.

As co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands, Huizenga traveled at the invitation of the Dutch government.

Joining him on the legislative exchange were Reps. Gregory Meeks, D-New York, who co-chairs the European Union Caucus; John Carter, R-Texas; Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas; and Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-New Jersey.

The delegation joined Ambassador Pete Hoekstra for the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Wassenaar, received a NATO briefing at the Eygelshoven Army Depot and visited the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, where 8,301 American service men and women are laid to rest.

The group also met with Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld to discuss shared security interests, toured the innovative technology and research hub of Brainport Eindhoven, observed the largest port in Europe at Rotterdam, and attended meetings with dignitaries at the Peace Palace and Dutch Parliament.

“The shared history between the United States and the Netherlands runs deep, and nowhere is that more apparent than right here in West Michigan,” Huizenga said in a press release. “Our countries have shared robust economic, security and cultural ties for more than 400 years. It is my goal to continue to strengthen these bonds and build an even greater partnership in the years to come.”

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