Police motorcade escorts Dutch PM through Melbourne


The Department of Premier and Cabinet confirmed Mr Rutte was dining with Victorian government officials and was due to meet state Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes on Thursday night, before his commitments on Friday.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte is visiting Australia for two days, spending a day in Melbourne.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte is visiting Australia for two days, spending a day in Melbourne.Credit:Jason AldenBloomberg

Mr Rutte met Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Wednesday to talk about the downing of flight MH17 in July 2014, alongside trade talks.

The international team investigating the downing of the flight announced in June murder charges against three Russians and one Ukrainian for their alleged roles in the attack, which killed all 298 people on board including 38 Australians.

Mr Rutte said it could take many years to bring those responsible to justice, but Australia, the Netherlands and their partners in the joint investigation team were “absolutely adamant” they would get the job done.

“There is no guarantee at this moment that people can get jailed if that is the conclusion out of the court case,” he told reporters.

“But I can guarantee you one thing: that we will not rest before that court case is closed in a way in which we all feel a sense that justice has been done.”

Mr Rutte was made an honorary companion of the Order of Australia on Wednesday, for his leadership in investigating the doomed flight.

with AAP



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