Bill Clinton: Dutch PM Kok's leadership a "model of effective problem solving"
Former United States President Bill Clinton mourns the death of former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, he said in a statement published on his foundation's website. "Because of his modest manner and respectful way of dealing with people, Wim Kok's legacy is easy to underestimate in today's rough, conflict-ridden world. We should do well to avoid that temptation and study more closely what he did and how he did it", Clinton said
"[Kok's] work inspired a new generation of leaders across Europe to address their challenges in a way that ushered a new era of confidence and prosperity across Europe. I will always be proud to have worked closely with him as President to strengthen the deep bonds of friendship between our two countries and to promote progressive governance around the world", Clinton said. "I extend my condolences to Rita, his children, and everyone who mourns his loss."
On Twitter Clinton said: "Wim Kok's respectful leadership and ability to build consensus to help the Netherlands seize its opportunities and meet its challenges should be a model of effective problem solving in today's world."
Wim Kok died of heart failure on Saturday at the age of 80. The Netherlands also looked back on his life with respect, including the government, the King and politicians who worked closely with him.