Dutch companies face problems in Saudi due to Wilders' anti-Islam campaign - minister

AMSTERDAM, June 19 Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:18am EDT

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AMSTERDAM, June 19 (Reuters) - Dutch companies are facing problems doing business in Saudi Arabia as a result of sanctions imposed by the kingdom in response to anti-Islamic stickers distributed by populist politician Geert Wilders, the Dutch foreign minister said.

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans said in a letter to parliament on Thursday that talks were being held between the two governments to resolve the matter.

Wilders, known for his anti-Islam and anti-immigration views, last December published stickers critical of Islam in the colours of the Saudi flag which were considered insulting by the Islamic state. (Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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