Foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans told the cabinet on Friday he hopes the losses sustained by Geert Wilders' PVV in the Euro elections will help in talks with Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis are furious about a sticker based on their national flag which Wilders stuck on his office door reading, in Arabic: Islam is a lie, Mohammad is a criminal, the Koran is poison. The sticker is a deliberate copy of the Saudi flag.

On Thursday, there were rumours the Saudi government would be imposing sanctions on the Netherlands, although these have yet to be confirmed.

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