Australia regrets Dutch withdrawal from Uruzga

21st January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he regrets the Netherlands' decision to withdraw its troops from Uruzgan in Afghanistan next year.

AMSTERDAM—He told Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, who is visiting Australia, that every country must balance the pros and cons itself and he accepted the Dutch standpoint. Minister Verhagen praised the close cooperation with Australian forces in Uruzgan province and Mr Rudd expressed similar sentiments.

The Dutch foreign minister concludes his three-day visit to Australia today. He is travelling on to New Zealand where a meeting is planned with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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