Dutch king accepts resignation Zijlstra

The Dutch king Willem-Alexander, minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra discharge. Zijlstra offered the king Tuesday his dismissal, after he was under fire was to come because he had lied about his presence at a meeting with Russian president Putin.

The Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst reported Wednesday that the king of this dismissal on the recommendation of prime minister Mark Rutte (VVD), ‘on the most honourable way’ has been granted.

The king has Said thank you for his many and important services ” to him and the kingdom proven. Minister Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Trade and development Cooperation) will increase in the coming weeks, the tasks of the resigned minister.

Zijlstra was four months minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet Rutte ii and announced Tuesday his dismissal in the Second Room. The occasion was a made-up meeting with Putin.


On the VVD congress in may 2016, warned the politician for a war with Russia. He let know that he is at the beginning of 2006 was present in the dacha of Vladimir Putin. There would Putin have spoken about plans for a Large-Russia. It turns out that that is not correct.

Zijlstra had heard about the former Shell ceo Jeroen van der Veer. To the Volkskrant newspaper, he admitted that his story partly fiction. Moreover, it turned out that he the words of his source misinterpreted.

The lie was the pressure to leave is very large. A minister of Foreign Affairs that a lie is caught, it gets difficult on the international stage, not least because the lie is related to Russia is dismissed as an imperialist power.

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