Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Rosenthal and Verhagen visit Middle East

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uri Rosenthal, and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen, will visit the Middle East from Tuesday 5 June to Thursday 7 June. Both ministers will visit Israel, while Mr Rosenthal will also visit Jordan and the Palestinian Territories.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uri Rosenthal, and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen, will visit the Middle East from Tuesday 5 June to Thursday 7 June. Both ministers will visit Israel, while Mr Rosenthal will also visit Jordan and the Palestinian Territories.

One of the purposes of the visit is to strengthen political and economic ties between the Netherlands and Israel, and particularly to promote trade, investment and cooperation between the two countries’ business communities. Mr Verhagen will be accompanied on this mission by 70 entrepreneurs from the agri-food, sustainable energy, high-tech, logistical and water sectors.

In Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories Mr Rosenthal will talk to members of government and their advisers about local and regional political developments, including the Middle East peace process. Mr Verhagen will open a seminar on gas and a seminar on food security, and meet the Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Uzi Landau, and the Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour, Shalom Simhon.

Mr Rosenthal and Mr Verhagen will jointly meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the economic potential of Dutch-Israeli cooperation, as well as political developments in the Middle East. Afterwards Mr Rosenthal will talk to his Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, Avigdor Liberman and Ryad al-Malki, concerning the need to resume direct peace talks. In Jordan he will express support for Jordanian efforts to this end. He will also discuss Dutch efforts to promote Palestinian exports with Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian interlocutors. Developments in Iran, Syria and Egypt are also on the agenda.