Resignation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

On Tuesday 13 February 2018 the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Halbe Zijlstra, requested King Willem-Alexander to discharge him from his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The King has honourably discharged Mr Zijlstra, upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, thanking him for the many important services rendered to the monarch and the Kingdom.

Until a new minister is appointed, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, will take on the responsibilities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This was announced by the King’s Office.