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Newsline: Dutch Embassy Feels Driven To Fact-Check Trump’s Islamophobic Retweet

The Dutch Embassy called out President Donald Trump on Wednesday for retweeting an Islamophobic and factually incorrect video of an incident in the Netherlands. Earlier that day, Trump had retweeted without comment a series of videos that had been shared by British far-right activist Jayda Fransen, who serves as deputy leader of the anti-Muslim group Britain First. The three random videos purportedly show Muslims committing violence, but they’re misleadingly presented. One video of a boy beating up another boy is captioned in English, “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” But its original caption on a Dutch website didn’t mention race or religion, and local media reported that the 16-year-old aggressor was not actually a migrant. The Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C., corroborated the perpetrator’s real identity in a tweet directed at Trump that began pointedly, “Facts do matter.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president’s actions by saying, essentially, it doesn’t matter whether the videos were accurately or fairly described because “the threat is real.” Sanders did not elaborate on what the threat was, exactly, but emphasized the need to secure America’s borders. The White House did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dutch-embassy-trump-tweet_us_5a1f1db0e4b0a8581e6798fe

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Newsline: Dutch embassy in Libya reopens after three years

The Netherlands again has an ambassador in Libya. Ambassador Eric Stating arrived in the capital city of Tripoli and is busy setting up an office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. The embassy in Tripoli closed in 2014 when the situation in Libya became too dangerous, NOS reports. Since then, the embassy for Libya is based in Tunis. This embassy will remain open in addition to the newly reopened embassy in Tripoli. In a statement, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said that the Netherlands is committed to help restore stability in Libya. A civil war has raged in the country since 2011.

https://nltimes.nl/2017/10/19/dutch-embassy-libya-reopens-three-years

Newsline: Hungary pulls ambassador from Netherlands

Hungary has pulled its ambassador out of the Netherlands, in response to criticism by the outgoing Dutch ambassador in Hungary. Gajus Scheltema reportedly criticised Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government in a magazine interview, comparing its rhetoric to that of Islamic terrorists, and sparking the row. According to the ANP, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó announced on that ‘contacts at an ambassadorial level have been suspended indefinitely’, and said Scheltema had overstepped the boundaries of his role. Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders distanced himself from the ambassador’s reported comments.

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/08/hungary-pulls-ambassador-from-netherlands-after-criticism/

Newsline: Netherlands embassy no longer issues visas to Nigerians

The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria reminded Nigerians that it is no longer in charge of issuing visas to them. Michel Deleen, the embassy’s charge d’ affaires, told NAN in Lagos that the embassy swapped its visa issuance processes in Nigeria with the French Consulate General in Lagos and the embassy of Belgium in Abuja. “Let me remind Nigerians that under these agreements, any Nigerian that wants to visit the Netherlands for business, study or tourism should always process their visa applications through the French consulate-general in Lagos and the embassy of Belgium in Abuja.”

https://www.thecable.ng/netherlands-embassy-no-longer-issue-visas-nigerians

Newsline: Dutch Embassy Office opens in Minsk

An Office of the Embassy of the Netherlands was opened in Minsk on 10 July. The ceremony was attended by Vladimir Makei, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Johanna Brandt, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, BelTA has learned. According to Johanna Brandt, the opening of the diplomatic mission is a landmark event for the Netherlands and Belarus, particularly considering the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. She commented on the status of the relations between Belarus and the Netherlands in the context of the developments of the past several years in Belarus and the fact that the country borders on the European Union.

http://eng.belta.by/politics/view/dutch-embassy-office-opens-in-minsk-103185-2017/

Newsline: Netherlands to reopen embassy in Libya

The Dutch government is to reopen its Tripoli embassy. The news was broken to Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj and Government of National Accord (GNA) foreign minister Mohamed Siala at a dinner tonight in the Hague during their two-day visit to Holland. Their host, Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders, flanked by ambassador Eric Strating, is understood to have said that diplomats will move from Tunis back to Tripoli in September or October. The envoys were pulled out in July 2014 as security collapsed after the Libya Dawn takeover in the capital. Holland’s NPO Radio 1 broadcast this evening that Koenders had admitted that security in Tripoli still left much to be desired. But he said returning Dutch diplomats to Libya was an important first step.

https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/06/29/dutch-to-reopen-tripoli-embassy/

Newsline: Turkey bars Dutch ambassador amid tensions

Turkey has suspended high-level diplomatic ties with the Netherlands and the Dutch ambassador to Ankara will not be allowed to return from leave, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. The Dutch government’s conduct “is unacceptable by any standards”, he said. The move comes amid tensions after Amsterdam deported a Turkish minister and banned another. On Saturday, the Dutch government cancelled the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s flight permit to the Netherlands. It then then blocked a convoy carrying Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya and forced her to leave the country under police escort. When Turkish citizens in Rotterdam peacefully protested these developments, they were met by police using batons, dogs and water cannons, in what some analysts called a disproportionate use of force. The events have drawn strong criticism from the Turkish government, which, earlier Monday, sent diplomatic notes to the Netherlands in protest.

http://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-bars-dutch-ambassador-amid-tensions-2627951