Maxima was approached by Jack via an email, the newspaper writes. In it, the Alibaba chief allegedly asked if the Netherlands wanted to send mouth masks and other protective equipment to China. Corona had not yet been detected in our country at that time, but shortages in China were running up considerably and therefore embassies and companies were asked to come to the rescue. Finally, on February 10, 2020, the Netherlands sent an airplane ‘full of mouth masks, gloves, overalls and other aids’ to Wuhan, according to Algemeen Dagblad.
However, the humanitarian flight would have nothing to do with the request of the Alibaba top executive to Máxima, a spokesman reports AD. “As usual, the received request has been passed on to the responsible ministry,” the Government Information Service told the newspaper. And this is also evident from the documents that the magazine has in its hands. Erik Gerritsen, the highest official at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), has received an email from the Royal Family. In turn, he forwards it to one of his employees: “At the request of the Royal Family, I will bring it to your personal attention.”
Gerritsen states that the request must be followed through ‘the normal channels’. ‘As you can understand, the crisis team is working 24/7. I don’t want to disturb them with unclear e-mails’, could be read further. It was already known that a request was received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 7 February 2020 whether a Chinese cargo plane could land at Schiphol. That request was granted, after which the plane took off again on February 10. “The Netherlands has only facilitated the provision of landing rights, the Dutch government itself has not contributed with relief supplies. The Chinese embassy has made a request to do so. This has not been complied with”, VWS now responds. AD.
According to the newspaper, it is still unclear how the Alibaba top man’s request was made to Máxima. “The Royal House also knows how sensitive this potential lies, so such requests are often simply forwarded to ministries,” said a top diplomat at the newspaper, who would consider it an ‘exceptional’ request. Jack Ma is no stranger to Máxima. The Queen has spoken to him several times because she is a special advocate of the United Nations for inclusive funding.
However ‘exceptional’ the request may be, there are much wilder stories circulating about Queen Máxima and the Dutch royal family. Our German neighbors come up with the most bizarre anecdotes, as can be seen in the video below.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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