PUTRAJAYA, Nov 4 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Netherlands’ counterpart Mark Rutte are expected to exchange views and update each other on the latest development regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 during Rutte’s one-day official visit to Malaysia tomorrow. According to a Foreign Ministry statement today, the two leaders were also expected to meet the Malaysian officials involved in the MH17 incident after their meeting.
Najib will receive Rutte in Putrajaya tommorow in conjunction with the latter’s visit to reciprocate Najib’s visit to the Netherlands in July. Rutte will be accompanied by senior officials from the Netherlands Foreign Affairs Ministry during his first visit to Malaysia. Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft was believed to have been shot down over the troubled zone. There were 193 Dutch nationals and 44 Malaysians on board, and all Malaysian victims have been identified. The Wisma Putra statement said the visit would also provide an opportunity for both leaders to exchange views on bilateral matters as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. It also said that the visit was expected to further enhance the existing excellent bilateral relations and cooperation between Malaysia and the Netherlands.