World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel on Sunday turned down a request to install a new security scanner donated by the Netherlands at Israel’s commercial border crossing with the Gaza Strip, without giving any reasons.
The new cargo detection and scanning machine, which was supported to have been installed at the Karam Abu Salem crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, aims at speeding up the movement of exported goods from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, currently on a visit to the West Bank, canceled a visit to the crossing point on Sunday to give the go-ahead signal for the operation of the machine, on which hopes were pinned to contribute to accelerating the movement of exported goods from the besieged enclave.
Palestinian Economy Minister Jawad al-Nagi denounced the Israel's decision, saying the latter seeks to undermine economic cooperation relations between his country and the Netherlands.
The issue would be raised later in the day during a meeting between the Dutch premier and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian minister told Anadolu Agency.
The Dutch premier attended an economic cooperation forum in the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem on Saturday and agreed with Palestinian officials on a number of joint projects in the areas of education, water, agriculture and technology.Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Aralık 2013, 17:31