Saudi Arabia bans Dutch contracting companies
The number of visas issued to Dutch nationals will be drastically reduced as well
The Saudi government decided to exclude Dutch contracting companies from implementing any current or future projects in the country, following offensive remarks against Islam by a Dutch right-wing politician, Al-Eqtisadiah daily reported quoting sources in the Council of Saudi Chambers.
The number of visas issued to Dutch nationals will be reduced drastically as a result.
The Kingdom will also stop all exchange visits between businessmen of the two countries.
The order was made after Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands Abdullah Abdulaziz al-Shagrood sent a letter to Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, saying Geert Wilders, leader of the right-wing Freedom Party, had once again insulted Islam.
The directives will be circulated to all pertinent authorities. The volume of bilateral trade stood at 6 billion riyals in 2008.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.