Dutch companies hit by Saudi retaliation for Wilders’ anti-Islam campaign

By Reuters Staff
June 20, 2014
(Far-right politician Geert Wilders of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom (PVV) Party speaks at a PVV rally after the European Parliament elections in the Hague May 22, 2014. Europe's election marathon kicks off on Thursday as polls open in Britain and the Netherlands, where far-right, anti-EU parties are forecast to top the ballot, spearheading a surge in protest-voting across the continent. REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

(Far-right politician Geert Wilders of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom (PVV) Party speaks at a PVV rally after the European Parliament elections in the Hague May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

Dutch companies are facing problems doing business in Saudi Arabia after the Saudis imposed sanctions in response to anti-Islamic stickers distributed by populist politician Geert Wilders, the Dutch foreign minister said.

Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans wrote in a letter to parliament on Thursday that Saudi authorities had made clear to Dutch officials that trade restrictions were in place, although there has been no official notification.

“Some companies are experiencing no problems, while others are confronted with trade restrictions,” he said in the letter. The Dutch government was doing all it could to resolve the problem, he said.

Trade between the countries came to nearly $5 billion in 2010 and the Netherlands accounted for nearly 4 percent of foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia that year, the Dutch government said.

Wilders, known for his anti-Islam and anti-immigration views, last December published stickers critical of Islam in the green and white colours of the Saudi flag, which was considered insulting by the Gulf kingdom.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is among the world’s most conservative Muslim countries. It enforces a rigid interpretation of Islamic law, including strict gender segregation, modest dress and restrained public behaviour.

The Netherlands sent top diplomats to Riyadh last month for talks, but no resolution was reached. Timmermans plans to visit Saudi Arabia soon, but no date has been set.

Dutch officials have repeatedly distanced themselves from Wilders’ anti-Muslim comments. Last month, Timmermans said the Netherlands could not be held responsible for Wilders’ “adolescent” behaviour.

via UPDATE 1-Dutch companies hit by Saudi retaliation for Wilders’ anti-Islam campaign – minister | Reuters.

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Why is this moron not in jail yet?

Racaist moron

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