Special Envoy for Counterterrorism appointed

Piet de Klerk has been appointed Special Envoy for Counterterrorism. This will be Mr De Klerk’s principal task in his role as Ambassador at Large.

As Special Envoy Mr De Klerk will strengthen the Netherlands’ role in international efforts to fight terrorism, working closely with the relevant agencies in the Netherlands, including the Office of the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV). Key priorities include the international approach to jihadists and tackling terrorist funding mechanisms.

Mr De Klerk’s new role will immediately take him to Washington DC, where he has been invited by the US to take part in an international conference on sanctions against ISIS and the Assad regime in Syria. While there, he will meet with representatives from the US government and organisations active in the field of counterterrorism. ‘A broadly supported package of international sanctions must make funding ISIS even more difficult,’ said Mr De Klerk.

Mr De Klerk was formerly the chief negotiator in charge of preparations for the Nuclear Security Summit held in The Hague in March of this year. Before this, he served as Dutch Ambassador to Jordan, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands at the United Nations in New York and as Human Rights Ambassador.