Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte jets in with Malaysian Airlines for two days of work

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4 Dec 2018

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will jet in to Canberra on Thursday morning for two days of meetings with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and cabinet ministers and to meet Australian police, army and foreign affairs officials involved in the search for the remains of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

The Netherlands has led the joint investigation into the tragedy while Australia, Belgium and the Ukraine have also contributed to the investigation.

Mr Abbott and Mr Rutte met in Holland in August to discuss the tragedy and the pair have worked closely together. On Wednesday Mr Abbott said he was looking forward to the meeting.

“I’ve become quite a good friend of Mark Rutte over the last few moths. Obviously we have worked very closely together in responding effectively to the MH17 atrocity and the number one item in our discussions is the progress of the investigation, the progress of identification and repatriation and our shared determination to ensure this atrocity is full investigated and if the perpetrators can reasonably be identified, they are brought to swift and exemplary justice,” he said.

And Mr Abbott said there was a “nice symbolism” about Mr Rutte’s decision to fly with Malaysian Airlines “given that Malaysia Airlines has a very good record and the two incidents involving Malaysia Airlines this year certainly shouldn’t be taken as a reflection on the professionalism or the safety of that particular airline”.

A total of 298 people were killed when MH17 was shot down by Russian-backed rebels in July, including 196 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians and 38 Australians.

More than 100 days after the tragedy, hope is fading that investigators will find any more remains from the crash.

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