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Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting
The Dutch foreign affairs minister has resigned, a day after admitting that he lied about attending a meeting hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin more than a decade ago.

 

An emotional Halbe Zijlstra announced his resignation at the start of a debate Tuesday at which he was expected to be grilled by opposition lawmakers about the lie.

 

He says "the Netherlands deserves a minister who is above any doubt."

 

Zijlstra, a member of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right VVD party, is the first minister to quit since Rutte's four-party coalition was sworn in last year.

 


First published: 02.13.18, 19:49