The new US ambassador to the Netherlands has apologised for telling a television reporter that claims that he has spoken of no-go areas in parts of the country and politicians being set on fire as 'fake news'.

Pete Hoekstra contradicted himself twice on in the NOS interview, firstly by denying he said there were no-go zones and then later by denying he had used the term 'fake news'.

'I made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview. Please accept my apology,' Hoekstra shared on Twitter.

Hoekstra went on to say that as ambassador to the Netherlands: 'I look forward to the opportunity to learn, to listen and to move on the spirit of peace and friendship.'

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