FM Péter Szijjártó rejected outgoing Dutch Ambassador's slanderous remarks

Friday, August 25, 2017

Szijjártó called outgoing Dutch ambassador's remarks outrageous and utterly defamatory, on Thursday in Budapest, before journalists.

The foreign minister stressed that he strongly condemned the ambassador's statement who compared the motives of terrorists to the Hungarian government's strategy of keeping migrants out of the country.

Outgoing Dutch Ambassador Gajus Scheltema interviewed by "168 hours" news program where the ambassador said that extremist Islamists "create enemies along the same lines as the Hungarian government".

Péter Szijjártó also indicated that the Dutch ambassador considered a persona non grata in the Hungarian foreign ministry and he is no longer welcomed by Foreign Ministry officials at any level.

We are delighted that he leaves the country, the faster the better said Szijjártó.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Friday that the Hungarian ambassador accredited to the Netherlands, due to the interview will be recalled.

The foreign minister added if the Netherlands does not apologize, then the Hungarian government will take further political and diplomatic action in the matter.

Szijjártó instructed the head of Hungary's diplomatic mission in the Netherlands to personally protest against the slanderous remarks in the Dutch foreign ministry and request an explanation of the unfounded allegations by the Dutch ambassador.

Hungary won't be satisfied with behind-the-scenes explanation as the interview was not a closed-door conversation either Szijjártó said.

There were tons of unfounded allegations, and slanderous remarks in this interview, but the most outrageous among them was the claim that the Hungarian government and the terrorists use the same logic when justify their actions said the foreign minister.

The new Dutch ambassador to Hungary will not be received by any ministry or any state institution until the Dutch Government gives an official explanation of the ambassador's remarks said Szijjártó.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has reacted to the controversy by saying that first, the exact translation of the ominous interview must be looked at, because it would be strange if the ambassador really said what the article claims.

He added that the Dutch government's position is that there is no relation between the policies of the Hungarian government and terrorism.

However, there is still reason to criticize Budapest, for example, for its treatment of NGOs (foreign agents ed.) or as the government relates to the rule of law - the ambassador can freely speak on such issues he added.

(MTI –


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