Today: Wednesday, 6 December 2023 year

Rutte advocated the creation of a Palestinian state.

Rutte advocated the creation of a Palestinian state.

The Netherlands is committed to creating an independent and secure Palestinian state, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday during a meeting with representatives of the Palestinian community. He wrote about this on the social network X.

Rutte said he met with representatives of the Palestinian community in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

“I assured them that the Netherlands will continue to work hard to create humanitarian corridors… The Netherlands is also committed to creating an independent and secure Palestinian state in addition to a secure Israel,” the prime minister wrote.


On Monday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited Israel, where he discussed with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the escalating conflict with Hamas. As reported, Rutte drew Netanyahu’s attention to the need to ensure access for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and called for avoiding attacks on Palestinian civilians. Later, the head of the Dutch government went to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The parties discussed the prospects for an independent Palestinian state. According to Rutte, he had good contact with both Abbas and Netanyahu, and called on the leaders to “wisdom and restraint.”