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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 11, 2004

President Bush to Welcome Dutch PM Balkenende to White House
Statement by the Press Secretary

Visit of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands

President Bush will meet with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende at the White House on March 16, 2004. The Netherlands is a close ally and a strong supporter of close transatlantic relations. The Netherlands has been an important contributor in the fight against terrorism, and in the effort to strengthen security and democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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