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131 Cooperation between EU and Arab League crucial in Middle East

Cooperation between the EU and the Arab League is crucial to resolving problems in the Middle East, especially in Syria, foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said at a meeting of the Arab League and the EU in Cairo. Syria was the main topic of discussion.

132 Funding family planning in Africa sound investment

Investing in family planning in developing countries brings many benefits, according to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, which this Wednesday published its State of World Population 2012 report, ‘By Choice, Not By Chance.’

133 Timmermans condemns rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned the mortar and rocket attacks against Israel carried out by militant groups in the Gaza Strip.

134 Timmermans pleased with resumption of arms treaty negotiations

Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans is pleased with the decision to resume negotiations on a United Nations arms trade treaty next year. It is hoped that the final document will be ready by March 2013.

135 Timmermans condemns plans to build in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned Israel’s decision to invite tenders for the construction of 1,285 homes in East Jerusalem and on the West Bank of the river Jordan.

136 New government: open attitude towards Europe and the wider world

The new Dutch government was today sworn in by Her Majesty the Queen. The members of the government responsible for foreign policy are Frans Timmermans (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Lilianne Ploumen (Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation). Mr Timmermans, 51, was Minister for European Affairs from 2007 to 2010. Ms Ploumen, 50, worked for various development organisations before serving as chair of the PvdA (Labour Party).

137 Netherlands discusses closer cooperation with Egypt

The Netherlands is discussing closer cooperation with Egypt in such areas as good governance and the rule of law. Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal recently held talks on the subject with his colleague Mohamed Kamel Amr in Cairo.

138 Rosenthal discusses cooperation with China

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal had talks today in Beijing with Jia Qinglin, chairman of China's People's Political Consultative Conference and the fourth-ranking member of the Chinese hierarchy.

139 Minbuza.nl migrating to Rijksoverheid.nl

This month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will move its corporate website, Minbuza.nl, to the central government website, Rijksoverheid.nl. The English-language pages will migrate to Government.nl.

140 Rosenthal to visit China

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal will visit China on 8 and 9 October. He will be meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, and the chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Jia Qinglin.