Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders on the US entry ban

The Netherlands firmly believes that refugees fleeing war and violence deserve a safe haven, irrespective of their origins or religion. We will continue to promote this principle. We are alert to the possibility that asylum procedures could be abused by potential terrorists. The security services have an important role to play in this respect. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders therefore regret the United States’ decision to impose an entry ban on residents of seven Muslim countries. We reject any such ban.