151 International community and Afghanistan make agreements on financial support and progress on reforms
Financial support for Afghanistan from the international community is dependent on the progress shown by the Afghan government in areas like good governance, human rights and efforts to tackle corruption. The Netherlands and the rest of the international community made concrete agreements on this with the Afghan government on 8 July in Tokyo.
Three Millennium Development Goals have been achieved well before the deadline of 2015. The number of people living in poverty has been halved, as has the number of people without access to clean drinking water. And fewer people live in slums. This emerged from a report presented by the United Nations on Monday.
The Netherlands has welcomed the proposed transition plan for Syria and the call for a government of national unity agreed by the permanent members of the UN Security Council in Geneva on Saturday.
The Netherlands has called on all countries to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which is based in The Hague.
In a parliamentary debate today on the progress made by the Dutch police training mission in the Afghan province Kunduz, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal emphasised once more the mission’s great importance.
‘NATO and the Netherlands support Turkey,’ said foreign minister Uri Rosenthal, following an incident last Friday where a Turkish aircraft was shot down by Syria. ‘I’m glad that NATO has met to hold consultations. We are behind Turkey. NATO strongly condemned Syria’s actions.’
On Wednesday, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal held talks with members of the Syria Committee. Last year several of its members organised ‘Jasmine Square’, a meeting place for the Syrian community. In addition to demonstrations, it hosts political debates on Syria, e.g. with members of parliament, and takes part in international consultations with members of the Syrian opposition.
The Netherlands wants to further strengthen cooperation with Israel. Economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen and foreign minister Uri Rosenthal today discussed this with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Netherlands is helping speed up goods traffic with the Palestinian Territories by paying for a container scanner. In the past year, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has gained support for this initiative from both Israelis and Palestinians. Today, he signed an implementation agreement.