On Thursday Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice had a meeting with representatives of the countries who had passengers on flight MH17. The meeting took place in the margins of the cyber conference at the World Forum in The Hague.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte opened the two-day Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS 2015) on Thursday in The Hague. He stressed the role of internet in industrial and social development of the Netherlands.
"As everyone will understand, I am overjoyed to be free again after more than three years and I eagerly look forward to the reunion with my family, friends and colleagues." Sjaak Rijke says in a statement released via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NOS reports.
French forces killed two militants and captured two others in the raid that freed Dutchman Sjaak Rijke from the Al-Qaeda linked group in Mali yesterday. This is according to Lieutenant Colonel Michel Sabatier, a spokesperson for the French Operation Barkhane, ABC news reports.
Dutchman Sjaak Rijke, who has been a captive of terrorist group Al-Qaida since November 2011, has been freed by commandos and other special forces of the French army in Mali this morning, the French Ministry of Defense announced this morning.
According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, there has been "important progress" and a "good result" from the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program between Iran, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, China and the European Union.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House during a three-day visit to the United States, the Netherlands Royal House announced on Tuesday. Following a stop in Washington D.C., the Dutch leaders will continue to Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs has added four Dutch jihadist to the national terrorist list and has frozen their bank accounts, ANP reports. According to the cabinet, these four jihadists have joined terrorist groups in Syria or Iraq.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Tuesday that at least one Dutch victim was flying on Germanwings flight 4U9525 which crashed in the French alps. The plane departed from Barcelona Tuesday morning and was headed towards Dusseldorf.
Two Dutch soldiers were killed in a crash with a Dutch Apache helicopter in Mali, Chief of Defense Tom Middendorp announced at a press conference in The Hague.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, and the head of the Defence Ministry Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert are visiting Dutch troops stationed in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to the cabinet.
Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) called on the international community, including Russia, to fully comply with the Minsk agreement, starting with a complete cease-fire and a withdrawal of heavy equipment in the Ukraine. He did this during a conversation with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov.
The Eerste Kamer (Senate) wants the Netherlands to make a financial contribution to repair the damage done to the Barcaccia fountain in Rome by rioting Feyenoord supporters, NOS reports. The Cabinet has pledged support to private initiatives launched for this matter, but Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) did not explicitly discuss compensation.
Parliament Members have raised questions in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) about a charity gala happening in Utrecht on March 1st, AD reports. The controversial Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem is invited to speak there.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is pleased with Minister Bert Koenders' (Foreign Affairs) decision to withdraw the visas of three controversial Muslim preachers, who were scheduled to speak at a benefit in Rijswijk on March 8th. He does, however call this whole issue "incredible amateurism" of the Cabinet, the AD reports.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders has revoked the visas of three Muslim preachers who were scheduled to speak at a benefit in Rijswijk on 8 March. This was supposedly done because these imams are "hate preachers." It is not clear exactly who these imams are.
The United Nations has decided to to support the Minsk political agreement, but has also clearly stated that the perpetrators involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 must not get amnesty, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said.
Representatives of more than 40 European countries will meet at a conference to discuss UN Peacekeeping missions today and tomorrow. This is at the invitation of Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs.
The Dutch embassy in Sana'a in Yemen has been temporarily closed due to political tensions in the country. The embassy's staff has already left the country.
Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders is examining whether the cease-fire agreement for Ukraine does include amnesty for the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster. While the MH17 disaster is not specifically mentioned in the accord signed on Thursday, Dutch parliamentarians are urgently seeking clarification of the agreement's text and assurance that it will be able to persecute the perpetrators, reported nos.nl.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls the agreement on the Ukrainian conflict in Minsk an important step but feels that it is still too early to talk about sanction reliefs, he says to NOS.
The cabinet submitted a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, in late January outlining the Netherlands priorities for its turn as President of the Council of the European Union in 2016. The three main priorities are a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates jobs and growth through innovation and actively involves citizens and civil society organizations in policymaking.
"The growing extremist violence of Boko Haram must be fought more effectively. It is good that African countries take the initiative to do so," said Dutch foreign affairs minster Bert Koenders in Addis Ababa after the annual summit of the African Union (AU).
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders is participating in a meeting of the anti-ISIS coalition in London on Thursday, according to Rijksoverheid. The Netherlands is a member of the coalition's core group comprised of twenty countries, the European Union and the United Nations.