Rutte "broadens view" in Afghanistan

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Rutte "broadens view" in Afghanistan

28 August 2007
KABUL  - Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte is in Afghanistan to "broaden his view" before Parliament has to make a decision on whether to extend the Dutch participation in the ISAF mission there.

The faction leader is the only Dutch politician there at the moment, accompanied by NATO's highest ranking commander, US General John Craddock.

Craddock has made it clear that he fervently hopes the Dutch will continue to participate in the NATO mission, which is based on a UN mandate.

"The Dutch have already done excellent work in Uruzgan," he says. Craddock points out that a "rift would be created if the Dutch were to leave, because we've built up good cooperation with them in the meantime."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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