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Aug 28, 2017

The Netherlands distances itself from comments made by Dutch ambassador

Holland’s foreign minister said the Dutch government sees no relationship between terrorism and the activities of the Hungarian government

The Netherlands has distanced itself from comments made by the Dutch ambassador during a telephone conversation between the Hungarian and Dutch foreign ministers.

During the talks, Holland’s foreign minister said the Dutch government did not think there was any relationship between terrorism and the activities of the Hungarian government.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and trade said that Bert Koenders called Minister Szijjártó by telephone and made it clear that the statement by the outgoing ambassador was not the standpoint of the Dutch government.

“The Dutch foreign minister has informed Hungary’s chief diplomat, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, that his government disassociates itself from the statement by the outgoing Ambassador to Budapest equating terrorists and the Hungarian government," the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade revealed.

As we revealed last week, Gajus Scheltema told 168 Óra that the rhetoric of the Orbán administration is similar to that used by terrorists in the Middle East.

Scheltema said the terrorists behind the Barcelona were “losers of globalization” who “use extremism and fanatic religion.” He also said they “create enemies according to the same principle as the Hungarian government.”

Minister Szijjártó called the remarks “shameful"and said that this is "an accusation that nobody has made before."

The minister added that the Dutch ambassador is not welcome in the Hungarian ministry, and the government is happy to see him leave.”