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

ANI  |  The Hauge [The Netherland] 

A day after facing a of questions from the Dutch reporters over his 2015 controversial statements, the newly appointed to the Netherlands, retracted his claims saying that they were "wrong".

"That was a wrong statement. That was just wrong," told newspaper, adding, "Clearly that was an inaccurate statement", reported Sputnik

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

In addition, the has announced that will explain his comments next week in a meeting with the media.

Earlier on Thursday, the angered the Dutch press by refusing to answer questions about the remarks at a meeting with reporters.

The reporters told him, "This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions".

Hoekstra in 2015 had claimed that the Islamic movement was creating chaos in and that the extremists were torching politicians and cars in the

Though in 2016, Hoekstra had apologised for his remark and said, "I made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview. Please accept my apology".

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 02:52 IST