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Obama asks serious contribution from the Netherlands

The U.S. president Barack Obama has asked the Netherlands to a serious contribution for the training mission of military officers in Afghanistan.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that Saturday afternoon after the NATO summit in Lisbon, where he has spoken with the U.S. president.

Obama acknowledged that the Netherlands has made a very large contribution to the foreign troops in Afghanistan, according to Rutte. “He is not asking, thousands of troops,” said the prime minister.

The Dutch government wants to help train Afghan security personnel. The coalition parties are therefore looking for a majority in the House.

Rutte also had a short meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who also complimented the Dutch effort so far.