The UN refugee organisation UNHCR is to receive Dutch support in its search for solutions to the problem of large numbers of refugees living for years in refugee camps, as is the case now in the east of Sudan.
‘For the Netherlands, Worldwide’ is the title of the annual conference which brings together Dutch ambassadors and consuls general in The Hague for a programme addressing current international themes and policy questions. There are many challenges, so an ambitious approach is called for. ‘The Netherlands must provide excellent service, both when it comes to promoting trade and performing consular tasks,’ said foreign minister Frans Timmermans.
The Netherlands supports France’s military action in Mali. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans communicated this message in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.