He conveyed that message to the American ambassador Pete Hoekstra, Blok writes in a letter to the Lower House on Monday.
The cabinet previously promised to ask the Americans for clarification about the FvD meeting after a publication by De Groene Amsterdammer. It was implied that it would be a fundraising event, because there would have been potential moneylenders in addition to party leaders.
‘Meddling in politics’
D66 Member of Parliament Sjoerd Sjoerdsma then accused the American ambassador Hoekstra of interfering in Dutch politics. According to Sjoerdsma, there may have been a violation of the Vienna Convention, which set the rules for diplomatic ties, at the meeting. FvD leader Thierry Baudet previously dismissed the fuss as ‘nonsense’ and a ‘conspiracy story’.
The US embassy says that during the meeting “there was no discussion of campaign financing and fundraising and no financial commitments were made by participants in the meeting,” said Blok. The contact sought by the embassy with Dutch political parties is, according to the minister, in line with the work of an ambassador and is not contrary to the Vienna Convention. “The Netherlands expects Dutch diplomats to be given the same freedom in other countries,” writes Blok. The embassy has also informed the ministry that the parties themselves are responsible for the invitation policy at such meetings.
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