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152 Netherlands helps speed up Palestinian goods traffic and improve Israeli security

The Netherlands is helping speed up goods traffic with the Palestinian Territories by paying for a container scanner. In the past year, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has gained support for this initiative from both Israelis and Palestinians. Today, he signed an implementation agreement.

153 Netherlands supports Jordan in Middle East peace process

Jordan has the Netherlands’ full support in its efforts, in cooperation with the Quartet, to bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating table. This was foreign minister Uri Rosenthal’s message in his bilateral meeting today with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh in Amman.

154 2 million euros extra emergency aid for South Sudan

The Netherlands has earmarked an extra EUR 2 million for emergency aid to South Sudan. Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, took this decision because of the rapidly worsening humanitarian situation in the country.

155 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.

156 Government cautiously optimistic about Rio+20

Though negotiations are proving difficult, the government is cautiously optimistic about the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Delegation leader Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, presented the aims of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the Rio aan de Maas event in Rotterdam today.

157 Good governance and economic growth both crucial for Afghanistan

Afghanistan needs economic growth and good governance just as much as security. The Netherlands has stressed this point at the NATO Summit in Chicago, prime minister Mark Rutte has told journalists.

158 NATO to focus more on digital threats

NATO has pledged to focus more on digital threats in future. This has been affirmed in the Posture Review, which is one of the items on the agenda of the NATO summit in Chicago. The allies have been discussing whether the current mix of weapons is still optimal and able to withstand new threats. These decisions are very much in line with the Netherlands’ ambitions for the summit.

159 Poland confirms excellent relations with the Netherlands

Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has met with his Polish colleague Radosław Sikorski in Warsaw, and the two ministers have confirmed the excellent state of Polish-Dutch relations.

160 The Netherlands supports Justine Masika’s work

The work of human rights defender Justine Masika Bihamba and her organisation is vital to women and their families in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen announced the Netherlands’ continuing support for her work after meeting with her on Wednesday. The Netherlands awarded the Human Rights Tulip to Ms Masika Bihamba in 2008.