UK and Netherlands sign defence cooperation agreement
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has entered into an agreement with the Netherlands Government to strengthen their defence relationship.
Under the terms of the agreement, the countries will work together across defence and security policy, intelligence and joint exercises.
The agreement will allow the UK and Netherlands to cooperate in areas including hybrid and cyber warfare and counter-terrorism.
The countries will also share personnel and work towards a UK-Netherlands Amphibious Force.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Today, the UK has stepped up its relationship with the Netherlands - one of our closest and most reliable European allies.
"We have committed to working more closely to tackle common threats, from cyber security to terrorism, and will be united in our drive for the EU and Nato to work better together.
“The UK is stepping forward not back from the global stage and will continue to defend our continent before and after Brexit.”
The UK and Netherlands have previously worked together through the UN, Nato, Joint Expeditionary Force and in the Counter Daesh Global Coalition.
The Netherlands has also committed a company of marines to the UK-led Nato Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Land) this year.
Netherlands Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said: “I very much value the strong military ties between the UK and the Netherlands. Clearly, our collective security is at stake, and I am convinced that we can only face today’s and tomorrow’s challenges by joining forces.
“We need each other more than ever. Military cooperation, either bilateral or within Nato-EU, is crucial in securing and safeguarding peace and stability at home and abroad.”
Image: UK Defence Secretary agrees stronger partnership with Netherlands. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.