Dutch Prime Minister Rutte Meets with President Obama

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, was welcomed by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. This is the Dutch leader’s first visit to the White House.

At the beginning of the meeting in the Oval Office, President Obama said that the Netherlands is America’s “most important ally.” The US president also said he would like to visit the Netherlands as he had heard that it’s “a beautiful country with nice people.” Mr Rutte said it would be an honor for the Netherlands to host a visit from Mr Obama.

President Barack Obama discussed the European debt crisis with the Dutch prime minister as eurozone finance ministers in Brussels work urgently to avoid a financial meltdown.

Obama said he is concerned about the “situation in the Eurozone.” He said he was eager to hear Rutte’s proposals for how the crisis could be resolved.

The two leaders also discussed jobs. The Netherlands is the ninth largest importer of U.S. products. Rutte said Dutch investment in the U.S. is responsible for 625,000 American jobs.

The Dutch prime minister gave a special gift to Obama: a Baseball shirt of the Dutch team with his name on the back. The Netherlands won the Baseball World Cup last month in Panama.

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