Dutch, Turks to sign new cooperation agreement
(dpa) - Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen and his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan were due to sign a new cooperation agreement on Wednesday in the town of Wassenaar, near The Hague, a Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
Verhagen said he was pleased with Turkey's pro-European policy and the reforms recently announced by the Turkish government.
"The prospect of Turkish admission to the European Union is an important stimulus for necessary reforms in Turkey with regard to democratization, due process and human rights", Verhagen said.
He added that if Turkey implements all necessary reforms, also known as the Copenhagen criteria, the Dutch will support Turkish admission to the European Union.
Also on Wednesday, Dutch Economics Minister Maria van der Hoeven was due to fly to Turkey for a two-day visit to enhance economic cooperation between the Netherlands and Turkey.