US Envoy to Netherlands retracts 'wrong' claims about Islamic movement

Dutch PM disavows US envoy's'no-go zones claims

The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands has faced a chilly reception over comments he made claiming that jihadists had left the country with "no-go areas" and that extremists were setting politicians on fire. "You have to answer questions".

In a December 23 note on Twitter Hoekstra acknowledged having made the comments in 2015 and said he regretted his exchange with the Dutch news organization: "I made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview". "It was a wrong statement".

Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from MI and recent political appointee, made the apology during an interview Friday with De Telegraaf, one of the largest Dutch newspapers, at the end of a particularly rough week for the new ambassador.

Pete Hoekstra, the new USA ambassador to the Netherlands, has admitted claiming in 2015 that Muslim youths had created so-called "no-go" zones in the country and were burning politicians. He later apologized. And during his first news conference with Dutch media at his new residence on Wednesday, his refusal to answer basic questions about the remarks - and the Dutch press corps' tenaciousness as they continued asking about it - drew a strong reaction in the United States.

Hoekstra, who was born in the Netherlands, said during a recorded panel discussion sponsored by the right-wing David Horowitz Freedom Center in 2015 that "the Islamic movement is now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos".

"No I don't agree, but I'm not going to comment on the comments".

"That one shocked me personally. because while you know there have been other issues in other countries in Europe, you know that has never been the circumstances here", he added, in comments in English provided to AFP by the USA embassy in The Hague.

Meanwhile, reacting to Hoekstra's remarks, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that he disagrees with the USA ambassador, but added that he wants to build "viable" relations with the US.

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"Looking back, I am shocked I said that", he told the newspaper Friday.

"He seems to be an intelligent man, and he has had instructions from Washington to fix the misunderstanding", he added.

The State Department distanced itself from Hoekstra's remarks Thursday during a briefing in Washington but had declined to call them inaccurate.

Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told a briefing on Thursday the State Department "does not agree" with Hoekstra's 2015 remarks about Muslim migrants in the Netherlands.

Hoekstra's full interview is due to appear in the conservative tabloid De Telegraaf on Saturday.

"I am interested in only one thing, and that is that the Dutch and American governments build a viable relationship".

"Those comments were not the position of the State Department and you will never hear those words from this podium or in any form", he said.

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