Australian PM to thank Dutch for MH17 work


THE HAGUE: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has arrived in the Netherlands to thank the Dutch government for leading investigations into downed flight MH17 and offer condolences to victims’ families, his office said on Monday. Abbott jetted into Rotterdam Airport late on Sunday for a one-day visit, during which he was due to meet Dutch Premier Mark Rutte and sign a condolence register in The Hague. The Netherlands lost 193 citizens, while Australia lost 38 citizens and residents, when the Malaysia Airlines plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 on board.



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