MILAN, Oct 17 – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit Malaysia on Nov 5 to discuss on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Rutte confirmed his attendance during a bilateral meeting held by both leaders at the sideline of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit.
Najib said Rutte’s visit to Malaysia, before flying off to Australia, was to continue his emphasis on the MH17 issue. “The downing of MH17 will be the main issue he will be bringing with him to Malaysia and then Australia. “This issue will always attract the international community’s attention,” he told Malaysian journalist here on Thursday night.
Najib said many of the world leaders he met during the ASEM summit met him to discuss about the MH17 issue. “Many extended their condolences on the downing of MH17. “They all felt that Malaysia should not have been burdened by the tragedy and that we were merely a victim of a geo-politic conflict,” he added.
Some 298 crew and passengers onboard the aircraft were killed when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine while enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. To date, the remains of 43 Malaysians have been identified out of the total 44 citizens.