Australian PM Tony Abbott and Dutch PM Mark Rutte discuss flight MH17, Aug. 12, 2014 (Photo: Karel van Oosterom/Twitter) Australian PM Tony Abbott and Dutch PM Mark Rutte discuss flight MH17, Aug. 12, 2014 (Photo: Karel van Oosterom/Twitter)
Speeches by Prime Ministers Rutte and Abbott
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte travelled to Australia Thursday after meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur. He is meeting with Australian PM Tony Abbott. Discussions with both leading politicians are focused on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which departed Amsterdam en route to Malaysia, but met with catastrophe in the skies over eastern Ukraine. Dutch casualties neared 200 in the July incident, and significant numbers of Malaysians and Australians were also on the flight that left 296 dead. The fights against ISIS, terrorism, and jihadism are on Thursday's meeting agenda, along with talks on international relations and cooperation. Prime Minister Rutte is also scheduled to meet with Dutch entrepreneurs working in Australia.