NATO Secretary General Urges Dutch Leaders to “Remain Militarily Involved in Afghanistan”

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses a news conference at the end of a two-day NATO defence ministers meeting.

From Reuters:  The Dutch Labour party left the Dutch cabinet in February because it did not want the mission in the Afghan province of Uruzgan to continue beyond August. A new government is being formed after a parliamentary election held last week.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad that his request in February before the cabinet’s collapse still stood.

"I now want to urge Dutch politicians to think in a positive way how they can remain militarily involved in Afghanistan," Rasmussen was quoted as saying by the paper.

"It could be in Uruzgan but if the geography has become too controversial it could also be somewhere else. We need trainers everywhere. We are 450 short," said.

Three of the four biggest parties in the new parliament — the majority-holding Liberals, Labour and Christian Democrats — are now open to a police training mission.  (photo: Reuters)

Image: 6%2018%2010%20reuters%20%20Anders%20Fogh%20Rasmussen.jpg