Netherlands government is 'keeping a close eye' on Middle East

President Rivlin meets Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Halbe Zijlstra, to discuss cooperation and recent events in the Middle East.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Halbe Zijlstram
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Halbe Zijlstram
Mark Neiman, GPO

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday held a working meeting at his residence with the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Halbe Zijlstram.

President Rivlin greeted the Foreign Minister and said, “I would like to welcome you to Israel, and Jerusalem, the capital of Israel for the last 70 years as the State of Israel and for the last 3000 years as the Children of Israel.”

“I really appreciate very much our strong cooperation between our two states and I hope very much that this year we will have the opportunity for a G2G meeting between the two governments because I am sure we have a lot of shared interests, to share know-how, and also our concerns and thoughts about things that are happening all over the world.”

Noting that the Netherlands was this year serving as a member of the United Nations Security Council, Rivlin added, “As one of the major states representing the whole world, and especially the free world in the Security Council of the United Nations, you know what is going on in Iran.”

“We are not only worried about the nuclear ability of Iran, this is the worry of the entire world. We are concerned the extremists in Iran believe they have to set foot all over the region. And now there is a territorial passage from the borders of Iran, not only to Syria but with the possibility to get into Lebanon. We are very worried because of the ability of Iran to influence all terrorist groups in the world. Extremism is something that worries every one of us.

“We appreciate very much the attitude of your government toward anti-Semitism. I also want to emphasize that BDS in some places is part of the wave of anti-Semitism, and we have to be very worried about those waves that come from time to time.”

Zijlstram thanked Rivlin, and said, “Thank you for your introduction, I share your views that developments in Iran and Syria with influence in Lebanon as well, are dangerous ones.”

“We will continue to have a close eye, as you said, on what is happening in the region, from Iran, in Iraq – we are present in Iraq of course with our military – what is happening in Lebanon, in Syria.

“We are opposed to BDS and strongly opposed to anti-Semitism, we will fight them.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Halbe Zijlstram
Mark Neiman, GPO







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