First Official U.S.-Netherlands Defense Meeting
By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta hosted a Pentagon honor cordon today for his counterpart from the Netherlands during the two leaders' first official bilateral meeting.
Panetta and Hillen also discussed U.S. force posture in Europe, the upcoming NATO defense ministerial meetings to be held in early February in Brussels, and the NATO 2012 Summit scheduled for May in Chicago, Kirby said.
While discussing NATO issues, the spokesman added, Panetta recognized and praised the Netherlands' "traditionally strong voice and leadership in the NATO alliance."
Leon E. Panetta
State Department Background Note on the Netherlands