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1 Netherlands sees business opportunities in Iraq

Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal sees major opportunities in Iraq for Dutch businesses and has discussed this with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani. A Dutch trade delegation comprising companies from the oil and gas and agricultural sectors will be visiting Baghdad, Basra and Erbil from 2 to 8 June.

2 Rosenthal calls for more internet freedom

To mark World Press Freedom Day, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal issued a statement today on behalf of Freedom Online, an international coalition that he was instrumental in forming.

3 Rule of law in Ukraine urgently needs improving

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal today announced that if there are no visible improvements to the rule of law in Ukraine in the short term, particularly with respect to the treatment of the imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Dutch government will not be represented at the Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine.

4 Rosenthal: approach in Afghanistan unchanged

The Netherlands and its international partners will continue to work for a stable and safe Afghanistan. ‘Recent incidents illustrate the complexity of the situation in Afghanistan, but have not changed the international community’s strategic approach,’ said foreign minister Uri Rosenthal during the parliamentary debate on Afghanistan.

5 Minister Rosenthal talks to religious leaders

Today foreign minister Uri Rosenthal met with a group of religious leaders. He expressed his concern about the recent violence affecting vulnerable minorities, such as Christians, in a number of countries.