Dutch FM apologises for scribe`s Berlusconi remark

A correspondent had compared Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to the sex-obsessed Etruscan kings.

Updated: Oct 15, 2011, 08:48 AM IST

The Hague: Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal on Friday apologised to Italian Ambassador to the Netherlands Franco Giordano over a journalist`s objectionable remark about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi which had offended the latter a day ago, Xinhua reported.

Giordano had stormed out of the opening of an exhibition on the Etruscan people at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam on Thursday, after a local broadcaster correspondent compared Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to the sex-obsessed Etruscan kings, Xinhua reported.

Calling the incident "annoying”, Rosenthal said he was "sorry that the ambassador of a country of friends felt compelled to leave".

The apology was made to prevent a potential row between the two countries.

Eberhard van der Laan, mayor of Amsterdam, had already apologised on Thursday for the incident.

IANS