Deputy Foreign Minister Melchior visits the Netherlands

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
June 7, 2001

The Deputy Foreign Minister, Rabbi Michael Melchior, visited the Netherlands (6-7 June). During his visit, the Deputy Minister met with David Aaron Benschop, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wim Geerts, Political Advisor to the Prime Minister and with Frank Mayor, Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry. Deputy Minister Melchior also addressed the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament.

During his meetings, Melchior’s counterparts emphasized the especially close relations between the Netherlands and Israel and clarified that there is no truth to the reports in the Netherlands that there was a decision that the "Gil" anti-tank missile produced by Rafael would not be purchased in light of the political situation in the Middle East. They also promised the Deputy Minister that a decision on the matter would be made according to relevant professional considerations alone.

Deputy Minister Melchior met with representatives of human rights NGOs dealing with the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, with representatives of the Protestant and Catholic churches and with members of the local Jewish community. The Deputy Foreign Minister also addressed an event organized by the Jewish Community of Amsterdam.