NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 21 – “Next year, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will be even more focused on the UN. In January 2018, we begin our one-year term on the Security Council, taking over from Italy. This shared arrangement is a good example of European partnership within international organisations”, the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, told the General Assembly.
“We would like to see more of such cooperation. Our countries share some of the same priorities, like tackling people-smuggling in Libya, an issue that is of great concern to Europe”, Rutte said. Earlier on Wednesday, Rutte explained on Facebook why he decided to attend the UN meeting in New York, despite it being a busy time in the Netherlands with te budget presentation and ongoing government formation: “Still, I think it’s important to be here because there is a lot going on in the world. Here I can make the Dutch sound heard and speak on behalf of the Netherlands with other government leaders.” (@OnuItalia)