May 31, 2012
Dutch Defence minister Hans Hillen had a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Dr. Ismet Yilmaz in Istanbul May 24.
The Defence ministers signed a statement aimed at enhancing the military cooperation between the two NATO allies.
Mr Hillen subsequently paid a visit to the frigate HNLMS Evertsen, which was moored in the Bosporus to mark the quatercentenary of Dutch-Turkish relations. The ship made this stop en route to East Africa where it will operate as the flag ship of a NATO task group in the counterpiracy mission Ocean Shield.
TRADE AND INDUSTRY
On board the Evertsen, Mr Hillen and Minister of Economic Affairs Maxime Verhagen attended a network meeting convened by the Turkish and Dutch commercial sectors for the promotion of trade relations. The defence and security sectors were represented by high-tech companies, such as Thales, Damen and Fokker. The meeting was also attended by Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy.