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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Najib arrives in the Netherlands

Najib purpose for the visit is to expedite the repatriation of the remains of the Malaysian victims of the MH17 crash as soon as possible.
najib-razak1AMSTERDAM: The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak arrived in the Netherlands today for a two-day tight working visit over the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 crash in Ukraine.
He is scheduled to meet with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte during the visit, the primary aim of which is to help expedite the repatriation of the remains of the Malaysian victims of the tragedy.
Najib arrived at the Schiphol International Airport  accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor.
Health Minister Dr.S. Subramaniam, Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman and MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya were also in Najib’s delegation.
Najib is scheduled to travel to The Hague and then to Hilversum as part of his visit. It is at Hilversum that the remains of the air tragedy victims are undergoing identification and forensic process.
Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands Dr.Fauziah Mohamad Taib said on Wednesday that Najib would first meet Rutte in The Hague and then leave for Hilversum.
In the evening, he is scheduled to host a dinner for the Malaysians in the Netherlands.
The MAS flight, MH17, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border on July 17.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which was carrying 298 people – 283 passengers and 15 crew – is believed to have been shot down, but until today no one has claimed responsibility.
The remains of the victims were flown from Ukraine to the Netherlands.
Exactly 193 of the victims were Dutch nationals, the largest number of passengers on flight MH17. -Bernama

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