21 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-217

Dutch Ministers visit Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – Three Dutch Ministers visited Afghanistan 19 - 21 March: the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Maxime Verhagen, the Minister for Defense, Eimert van Middelkoop, and the Minister for Defense Development Co-operation, Bert Koenders.  The delegation met with a wide range of civilian and military authorities, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the international community.

The representatives met with President Karzai today and discussed recent developments in Afghanistan.

The delegation also paid a visit to Kandahar and Uruzgan, where the ministers met the Dutch commander of RC-South, General Ton Van Loon and Dutch servicemembers. 

In Uruzgan the delegation visited the flood-affected area near Deh Rawood where Dutch troops provided emergency assistance to more than 400 people in the last two days.  The Minister of Development Co-operation offered a contribution of €100,000 for emergency relief to the people of Uruzgan affected by this tragedy.

The Dutch Government has also committed €70 million in development aid for 2007. 

The Netherlands has 1,800 troops deployed in the south of Afghanistan, providing security assistance to the Government of Afghanistan.

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