Bush visit to strengthen US-Dutch ties

23rd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 March 2005 , AMSTERDAM — US President George W. Bush is reportedly planning to visit the Netherlands prior to attending a World War II commemoration ceremony in Moscow on 9 May to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

23 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — US President George W. Bush is reportedly planning to visit the Netherlands prior to attending a World War II commemoration ceremony in Moscow on 9 May to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

The visit to The Hague is designed to confirm the strong friendship that has developed between the Netherlands and the US, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Wednesday. While the trip has not yet been officially announced, Bush is also expected to visit Latvia.

An official decision about the itinerary has not been reached, but similar trips are always prepared in secret and announced a few days beforehand. Both The Hague and Washington are tight-lipped about the rumoured trip.

The President's visit would represent a feather in the cap for US Ambassador Clifford Sobel, who has significantly strengthened ties between The Hague and Washington during his three-year stint in the Netherlands.
 
Due to his special relationship with Bush, the US ambassador is said to have played an important role in the appointment of former foreign affairs minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as Nato Secretary-General at the start of last year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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