May 29, 2019 / 1:59 PM / 6 months ago

Dutch King Willem-Alexander invites President Trump to the Netherlands

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media before boarding Marine One to depart for travel to Japan from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch King Willem-Alexander has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit the Netherlands to attend a World War II commemoration in August, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday.

The king has asked Trump to take part in a ceremony marking the Battle of the Scheldt, a series of allied World War II operations in the autumn of 1944.

The operations by Canadian, British and Polish troops, which cost thousands of lives, eventually freed supply routes to U.S. and other allied forces fighting to liberate the Netherlands and Belgium.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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