The Dutch government "understands" the United States' cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base in retaliation to a poison gas attack in Syria earlier this week, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders all said before the cabinet meeting on Friday, NU.nl reports.
Two Dutch companies delivered products to Syria last year for the country's chemical weapons program. The delivery included 218 tons of glycol and six teflon pumps, according to ministers Lilianne Ploumen for Foreign Trade and Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice on Thursday in a letter to the House of Representatives.
NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Prime-Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander in The Hague, Thursday. Rasmussen urges the Netherlands to increase its defense budget again.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, Netherlands, has received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.
Sigrid Kaag, a Dutch woman who at this moment works as assistant secretary general for the development program of the UN, is appointed to lead the disarmament mission of the UN in Syria.
The chemical weapons of Syria have to be destroyed. This was agreed by the US, Russia and Syria around half September.
The UN will cooperate in this mission with the OPWC, an organisation which is active with the forbidding of chemical weapons. OPWC is situated in The Hague.
The United States must "fully open up" about the evidence that they say, they have of the fact that Syrian President Assad is behind the poison gas attacks of last week. The Netherlands didn’t receive that information yet, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, on Monday at Knevel & Van den Brink.