Dutch foreign minister resigns over Afghan refugee crisis

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The Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned after the parliament of the country condemned her for the handling of the Afghan evacuation crisis.

Kaag resigned from her position after the Dutch lawmakers approved a motion, coitizing the government for failing to evacuate many Afghans who had worked with the Dutch government and troops.

In a statement, Kaag said she stood by her actions but accepted the verdict by the lawmakers.

“The House considers that the government has acted irresponsibly. And although I stand by our commitment, I can only accept the consequences of this judgment as the minister with ultimate responsibility. In my view on democracy and the culture of our administration, a minister should go if their policy is disapproved,” she said.

The Government of Netherlands evacuated around 2,000 people from Afghanistan in the last two weeks of August.

However, hundreds of people, including the local staff and former interpreters of the Dutch troops, were left behind.

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