Rosenthal: missions also serve Dutch interests

25th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The deployment of Dutch soldiers, diplomats and development workers abroad is necessary to keep the Netherlands safe. Foreign Minister made this statement in a speech he gave at the Netherlands Defence Academy in Breda.

According to the minister, many people still believe that the Netherlands is active on the international stage because we want to ‘play with the big boys’. However, it is actually about something for more important. , he said.

Mr Rosenthal emphasised that Dutch domestic security is to a large degree dependent on international developments and that the threats facing the country are not restricted by national borders. According to the minister, this is what makes the fight against, for example, terrorism Afghanistan and piracy Somali coast so important.

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