U.S./Aruba Partnership at Reina Beatrix International Airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Recognizes the U.S./Aruba Partnership at Reina Beatrix International Airport
General News July 22nd, 2011
Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman joined hands with Dylan Defrancisci, Port Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in placing the Aru*ban flag for the first time in the area of the Reina Beatrix International Airport which is officially U.S. soil for those traveling to the States from Aruba.
This long-standing cooperation between the two nations was acknowledged by the PM, the U.S. authorities and Peter Steinmetz, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority, during a casual and congenial ceremony in the section of the airport under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection yesterday morning, July 21.
Peter Steinmetz described the relationship between the airport and U.S. officials as “siblings” under the Dutch and Aruban parent authorities, who sometimes squabble but work out their differences and enjoy a positive working relationship.
Prime Minister Eman expressed his great pride in the productive and congenial partnership Aruba shares with the U.S., and the island’s place among very few nations that can offer U.S. Border Protection service within their domain, thus insuring a more efficient and enjoyable return trip for U.S. citizens and simpler processing for those from other nations traveling to the U.S.
Officer Defrancisci stated “U.S. Customs and Border Protection Aruba believes that, out of respect for the host nation, the display of the Aruban colors is a just addition that symbolizes the two governments’ partnership and shared interest in the operational success of Aruba Pre-clearance.”
“Each day, the men and women assigned to the CBP Aruba process anywhere from 1000-4000 passengers en route to the U.S.
Each of those passengers walks past this new insignia wall and flags which will depict the shared alliance between the two countries. As you are aware, Aruba is one of only 15 locations outside the U.S. that is afforded CBP pre-clearance processing.”
“The employees assigned here are all proud to be part of this island we call home during our tenure here, and are honored to receive this new addition,” he concluded.
Staff members of Aruba’s Immigration Service stationed at the airport presented the island’s flag, which takes its place next to that of the U.S. and shares the space with the insignia of Homeland Security and the traditional flag of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service.
Story courtesy of The Morning News
Thanks for sharing this Andrea. Nice to see something positive written about two nations cooperating and honoring each other's symbols (flags). In this world, there is so much negative energy with wars and other conflicts that it is refreshing to hear about something so nice.