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6 November 1997

POSTPONEMENT OF VISIT BY NETHERLANDS FOREIGN MINISTER

Due to pressing domestic commitments, the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Hans van Mierlo, has postponed his planned visit to Australia which was due to commence today.

However, the visit of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Wim Kok and Mrs Rita Kok (whom Mr van Mierlo was accompanying) will proceed. They are scheduled to arrive in Sydney this evening.

The visit of Mr van Mierlo has been postponed to a date to be agreed early next year.

For inquiries concerning the visit of Prime Minister Kok, please contact Paul Molloy, DFAT, Canberra, on (02) 62611594 or mobile 018 477 199.