Statement Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders on the liberation of Raqqa

"The liberation of Raqqa is an important milestone in the fight against ISIS. My thoughts go out to those who lost their lives in the fighting and the people who have lived for years under ISIS's barbaric regime.

I realise that defeating ISIS militarily is only the beginning. The Netherlands will continue to work for a political solution for Syria. The Netherlands is contributing to humanitarian assistance and demining efforts to help meet the initial needs of the population in areas liberated from ISIS. It is essential that relief workers get immediate access to Raqqa so that they can help save lives."