Haniyeh to speak at conference
4 May 2007, ROTTERDAM – Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will be addressing a conference in Rotterdam via satellite connection on Saturday.
4 May 2007
ROTTERDAM – Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will be addressing a conference in Rotterdam via satellite connection on Saturday.
The Hamas politician had been invited to attend the Palestinian European Conference but Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen decided not to grant him a visa because Hamas is regarded as a terrorist organisation by the EU.
The Palestinian Platform for Human Rights and Solidarity announced on Friday that Haniyeh would be addressing the meeting via satellite. The Platform is organising the conference on the fate of Palestinian refugees.
The gathering will be held at the Doelen conference centre in Rotterdam. The organisation says that former Prime Minister Dries van Agt will also attend.
The foreign ministry reported on Thursday that Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Ikrima Sabri has decided not to attend the conference. He apparently withdrew his application for a visa.
MP for the Freedom Party PVV Geert Wilders had asked Minister Verhagen to refuse Sabri admittance to the Netherlands as well. Wilders says the Muslim cleric supports suicide attacks on Jews.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news