WASHINGTON (July 2, 2018) -- The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, during his visit to the United States. The wreath laying was hosted by Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington during the Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath Laying ceremony.
Following the ceremony Rutte toured the Memorial Display Room and was given some of the history of the cemetery.
Rutte is scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and was scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. According to the White House, the two leaders were scheduled to discuss trade and investment and shared defense and security goals.
Both the Netherlands and United States are members of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
According to the State Department, the partnership between the Netherlands and the U.S., goes back to the American Revolution. Established diplomatic relations between the two nations goes back to 1782 and is one of America's the oldest continues bilateral relationships.