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Dutch PM to visit Ramallah Sunday
Published Saturday 07/12/2013 (updated) 08/12/2013 15:25
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, along with various other EU ministers, will visit Ramallah Sunday, Palestinian Authority Director of Border Crossings Nathmi Muhanna told Ma'an on Friday.

Muhanna told Ma'an Friday that Rutte would visit the Gaza Strip Sunday to supply a security scanner to the Kerem Shalom crossing, but a Palestinian foreign ministry official later denied this report via telephone.

Omar Shaban, the Dutch government's adviser in Gaza, said earlier this week that Rutte would meet with President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit.

Rutte's visit will promote economic cooperation between the Netherlands and Palestine, Shaban said in a statement.

The Dutch PM will also meet with businesspeople in Bethlehem to discuss future cooperation in the food industry and agriculture, the statement said.

Shaban added that Rutte would meet with Israeli officials and urge them to allow more imports and exports to travel through border crossings, particularly food and agricultural products.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
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1 ) roos / Holland
07/12/2013 12:42
The Dutch gouverment is responsable for human rights abuse and supporter for an apartheidstate.

2 ) southparkbear / usa
07/12/2013 14:40
i dunno about it, first check if it has an "X" target mark on it

3 ) Mel's Mom / USA
07/12/2013 14:58
I hope the generous Dutch are not supplying obsolete outdated 2014 security scanner models. Which are unable to detect, hard-to-detect bombs, newly developed by the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in Arabia (AQAP), made of non-metallic and low-vapor explosives, disguised as harmless objects like shoes, clothing or soft drink bottles. Which can now fool international airports and border post scanners.

4 ) Mel / USA
07/12/2013 18:48
Shame on you Rutte! You travel to Ramallah which only part of Palestine & the part controlled by occupying Israel &its PA 'Good Arab' proxy-faction of present-day 'fashion'. But you don't have to stop there,at the Israeli-controlled side of the barbed-wire of KS?You should cross into Gaza & speak with almost 2 MILLION Palestinian civilians(half under 18yrs)enduring collective punishment by Israel & USG proxies(N&South).Going to Ramallah=going to"Sun City"resort & ignoring Bophuthatswana!

5 ) Hans Hauer / Netherlands
07/12/2013 22:08
@1) roos - How dare you speak so badly of our wonderful government, we live in a GREAT country, which is tolerant and free. We have many good things here, the tourists love the clogs, windmills & 'Scanning the Bulb Fields' is a favourite thing to do. The tourists love looking at the flowers in bloom, the tulips from Amsterdam are so beautiful, the 'Bulb Fields' offer a sense of peace and security, to anyone visiting them. I hope our ministers take some tulip bulbs to Gaza to cheer the people up.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
08/12/2013 10:09
there is a problem with these scanners. they show too much
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