Balkenende visits troops in Afghanistan

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11 September 2007 KANDAHAR – Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende visited the Dutch troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday. He first called at Kamp Holland in Tarin Kowt, then travelled on to visit the units in Kandahar. The prime minister was accompanied by state secretary for defence Cees van der Knaap.

11 September 2007
 
KANDAHAR – Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende visited the Dutch troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday. He first called at Kamp Holland in Tarin Kowt, then travelled on to visit the units in Kandahar. The prime minister was accompanied by state secretary for defence Cees van der Knaap.

In a speech to the troops the prime minister reminded them that today marks the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York. Balkenende said he was impressed by the demanding and dangerous work undertaken by the troops and praised them for their expertise and professionalism.

Balkenende said that reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan were making progress and that the country deserves the lasting support of the international community. He did not make any concrete statements on whether the Dutch troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond 2008: "We have a difficult decision before us." He will meet with President Hamid Karzai later today.

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