The Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Wopke Hoekstra will visit Washington, D.C. on Thursday to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Martijn Beekman
Minister Hoekstra will visit Washington, D.C. on Thursday to speak with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about support for Ukraine and transatlantic cooperation in the field of security, among other topics.
The visit focuses on the war in Ukraine. Minister Hoekstra: “The current European security crisis shows how essential the transatlantic partnership is for our security. Now, but certainly also in the future.”
They will discuss how the Netherlands and the US can work together to support Ukraine, place maximum pressure on Russia, and ensure that perpetrators of war crimes are caught. Secretary Blinken and Minister Hoekstra will also discuss how the Netherlands and the US can work together to reduce energy dependency on Russia as quickly as possible and how the EU can act more decisively as a geopolitical player.
Later at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Minister Hoekstra will speak on freedom and security on both sides of the Atlantic and transatlantic cooperation, for example, within NATO. “The war in Ukraine has had far-reaching consequences. Not only for Europe, but for the whole world. And so we must look ahead and take further steps to strengthen our deterrence and defense. That’s what we do as a united west,” Hoekstra said.
The minister will conclude his trip with a visit to the Netherlands Carillon, located next to the Arlington National Cemetery. The Netherlands donated the Carillon to the US in the 1950s as a token of friendship and as a thank you for the role the US played in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. This year marks 240 years of diplomatic relations between the US and the Netherlands.