Clinton keeps host waiting until she's off phone

December 8, 2011 - 12:52 PM

THE HAGUE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had an awkwardly undiplomatic moment while visiting the Netherlands.

Clinton kept Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal waiting in the doorway of the Dutch foreign ministry for more than six minutes Thursday, while she sat in the back of a darkened sedan a few feet away. The car was ringed by her security agents.

Rosenthal stood, arms folded, as the minutes ticked by. Finally, the door opened, Clinton emerged and apologized. She told Rosenthal she had been on the phone with a senator "on an issue." Rosenthal said he understood. Then she handed her smart phone to an aide.

Clinton is in The Hague for a conference on internet freedom.