Crown prince visits Afghanistan
Crown prince Willem-Alexander paid a secret visit to Dutch troops in Afghanistan earlier this week, it emerged on Thursday evening.
The prince was accompanied by Peter van Uhm, commander of the Dutch armed forces, and met civilians and aid workers as well as soldiers, the state information service RVD said.
It is the third time the prince has paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan.
‘Of course there are frustrations among those who came here with positive expectations and feel that change is taking too long,’ the prince wrote in his online diary. ‘But despite all this, I still have a feeling of hope… They believe in their mission, and so do I.’
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