Dutch MPs cancel Egypt trip over visa row
A Dutch parliamentary delegation cancelled a planned trip to Egypt after delegation member Raymond de Roon Freedom Party was denied a visa.The foreign affairs committee was scheduled to go on a working visit in connection with the upcoming elections.
Mr De Roon says he was denied a visa because of a statement he made. “Egypt did not like my characterising the expulsion of 95,000 Christians since March 2011 as ethnic cleansing.”
However, the committee says it alone decides who is on the parliamentary delegation. Now that one member has been denied a visa, it decided to cancel the whole trip.
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said on Tuesday he felt it was “outrageous” for Egypt to deny Mr De Roon a visa. “It shows the new Egyptian regime is just as barbaric as the previous one.”
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