AMSTERDAM - Dutch companies are facing problems doing business in Saudi Arabia as a result of sanctions imposed by the kingdom in response to anti-Islamic stickers distributed by populist politician Geert Wilders, the Dutch foreign minister said.

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans said in a letter to parliament on Thursday that talks were being held between the two governments to resolve the matter.

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Wilders, known for his anti-Islam and anti-immigration views, last December published stickers critical of Islam in the colors of the Saudi flag which were considered insulting by the Islamic state.

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