Arafat Pleased by Dutch Visit to Israel

Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat is pleased by the way Holland’s top leaders raised the Palestinian issue with their Israeli hosts on a visit to Jerusalem last week.

Arafat’s appreciation was conveyed to Premier Ruud Lubbers and Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek, who were in Israel from July 17 to 19.

Afif Safieh, the PLO representative in The Hague, asked to be briefed on their trip and was invited to the Foreign Ministry Friday.

He told the Dutch officials that Arafat and the PLO’s foreign policy spokesman, Farouk Kaddoumi, were grateful that Lubbers and van den Broek had made their trip not just a Dutch-Israeli matter but a Dutch-Israeli-Palestinian tripartite affair. They appreciated the foreign minister’s visit to the Kalandiya refugee camp.

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