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The American ambassador in the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra and his Dutch counterpart in America Henne Schuwer sign defense treaty (Image: Netherlands MoD)

The Netherlands and the US signed a defense cooperation agreement that includes sharing of information about new technological systems for large equipment projects.

The agreement signed by the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and US President Donal Trump deals with partnership on military equipment and operations, the Netherlands Ministry of Defense said in a statement Monday.

The agreement includes exchange of personnel, such as pilots, liaison officers and technicians. The sharing of information about new technological systems is also covered by the agreement. This is especially important for large equipment projects, such as the replacement of helicopters (Chinook and Apache), the purchase of unmanned aircraft (Reaper), or the exchange of information for the replacement of submarines and frigates. Furthermore, both countries will cooperate in the field of missile defense, the statement read.

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