Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dutch Politicians Unhappy with Moroccan Government’s Attitude

The Christian Democrats, Labor Party and the Liberals have expressed their disapproval of statements made by Moroccan Minister Mohammed Ameur. The minister had said that Moroccans abroad belong to the 17th province of the Kingdom of Morocco, and that the Moroccan government would strengthen its ties with Moroccans abroad by promoting Arab culture. Former Dutch Minister Henk Kamp (Liberals) said that this attitude hampers the Dutch interest in integrating the 330,000 Moroccan immigrants better into life in the Netherlands. A few days earlier there had been criticism by Ella Vogelaar, Minister of Integration, about similar statements made by the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.

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