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Diplomatic moves to smooth over Saudi Arabia Wilders sticker row
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans is to visit Saudi-Arabia soon in an effort to calm Saudi anger about the anti-Islam sticker devised by Geert Wilders.
In December, Wilders placed a sticker on the door of his parliamentary office. It reads, in Arabic, 'Islam is a lie, Mohammed is a criminal, the Koran is poison.' The sticker is a deliberate take-off of the Saudi Arabian flag.
The government immediately condemned the action. Timmermans said at the time this sort of action is counterproductive. 'Insulting their religion is not the way to combat extremism but plays into extremists' hands,' he said. 'The Dutch government is distancing itself from this.'
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