September 23 2010
Indonesia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands said in an interview with the Financieele Dagblad that a visit by the Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhynono would be thrown into question if the right wing PVV party formed part of the next coalition government. The ambassador also suggested that those who had voted for the right wing Freedom Party (PVV), headed by anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, could be ‘psychotic’.
Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen called the ambassador’s words ‘unwise’ and noted that he planned to make contact with him that day. Wilders, who has repeatedly called for a ban on immigration from Islamic countries, called the statements ‘scandalous’.