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Zijlstra resigned, the visit to Moscow for a meeting with FM Sergei Lavrov has been cancelled.  

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Dutch foreign minister resigns after lying about Putin meeting | DW |

The announcement came before he was due to be grilled in parliament.

Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra announced his resignation Tuesday, saying the hit to his credibility made staying in the role untenable.

"I see no other option today than to hand in my resignation to his majesty the King," a tearful Zijkstra told MPs in parliament. "The Netherlands deserves a minister who is above any doubt."

"This is by far the biggest mistake I have made in my career."

The foreign minister had faced growing calls from the opposition to step down after conceding Monday that he fibbed about being a guest at a gathering hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin over a decade ago.

by Oui on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 05:20:32 PM EST

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