King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are shocked by seemingly coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, they said in a released statement. A total of 290 people were killed. Among them were at least 35 foreign tourists, including at least one woman from the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the local police said on Monday morning, AD reports.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday that the four Russian spies caught in The Hague in April was in the Netherlands for a routine trip. Russia denies that the secret service agents wanted to hack into chemical weapon watchdog OPCW, NU.nl reports.
Russia summoned the Dutch ambassador to Moscow to account for the Netherlands' deportation of four Russian spies who were planning to hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), RTL Nieuws reports
The Iranian government called the Dutch ambassador in the country to account after an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz on Friday morning. One of the groups that claimed the attack, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz (ASMLA) can be found on the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and is based in Delft, NOS reports.
On Wednesday an Islamic party in Pakistan, TLP, called on the government to expel the Dutch ambassador to the country, in reaction to PVV leader Geert Wilders' plans to hold a cartoon competition about the Islam religious figure Mohammed, NU.nl reports.
Talks on improving the relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey have failed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday. The Netherlands officially withdrew its ambassador in Ankara.
Suriname does not appreciate interference from the Netherlands and other countries, Surinamese president Desi Bouterse said in the Surinamese parliament on Tuesday afternoon, local time. "The Surinamese government attaches great importance to its independence", he said in a discussion about not allowing a new Dutch ambassador in the country, ANP reports.
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is furious at Dutch ambassador Gajus Scheltema over critical statements he made about the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in an interview, RTL Nieuws reports.
Scheltema agreed to give an interview to Hungarian magazine 168 Ora in honor of his farewell as ambassador. In the interview he compered the way in which the Hungarian government creates enemies, to the way extremists do so.
Turkey is turning to the European Court of Human Rights in its political battle with the Netherlands, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday. He also announced a number of sanctions against the Netherlands, including that Dutch diplomats are no longer welcome in Turkey, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch embassy in Seoul may have been involved in helping bring the family of Kim Jong-nam to safety after he was assassinated, accoding to South Korean news agency Yonhap. Kim Jong-nam was the half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.
Cheolima Civil Defense, an organization that helps North Koreans flee when they need to, also thanked Dutch Ambassador Lody Embrechts for his "resolute and strong action" on their website, according to newspaper AD.
The PVV accused Dutch ambassador to Denmar Henk Swarttouw of campaign meddling after he referred to the party as "the beast" in a tweet. PVV parliamentarian Raymond de Roon wants an explanation from Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, the Telegraaf reports.
The Dutch ambassador in Beijing, China was suspended due to a sexual affair with a Chinese woman, the Telegraaf reports. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating.
The bus driver was driving to fast, several of the passengers involved in the bus accident in Portugal on Tuesday night claim, according to the AD. Three people were killed in the accident and 26 were wounded. Seven of the injured passengers are still in the hospital, three of them are in serious condition.
Some of the victims of the bus accident in Portugal last night are flying back to the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon, travel agency TUI announced. TUI has made a plane available from Faro to Amsterdam for them. It is not clear how many people will make use of it.