Announcement by the King’s Office

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Frans Timmermans, has requested His Majesty the King to discharge him from his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs as of today, 17 October 2014.

The King has honourably discharged Mr Timmermans, upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, thanking him for the many important services rendered to the monarch and the Kingdom.

Upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, His Majesty the King has appointed Mr Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs as of today. Mr Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace this morning.