Prime Minister Rutte’s speech at the Economic Mission dinner co-hosted by the Chamber
Atlanta, October 6th 2015 at the Atlanta History Center – Joint Netherlands/Flanders Economic Mission
Mayor Reed, Ladies and gentlemen,
It’s a pleasure and an honour to be at this fantastic venue this evening.
I studied history at university. So a dinner at the Atlanta History Center really appealed to me. This impressive building radiates a love of history and respect for the past.
The Atlanta History Center has plenty of stories to tell. This city and region have a rich and varied history. You can see that from the many exhibitions in this building.
They cover everything from the American Civil War and the film classic Gone with the Wind, to the 1996 Olympic Games.
And I saw it for myself yesterday, when I visited the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The story of Dr King’s fight for freedom and justice is still an inspiration to us all. Freedom and justice are values we promote worldwide. They bind our countries together. They form the basis of our friendship and our political, military and economic partnerships.
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