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Turkey Bans Dutch Ambassador, Suspends Diplomatic Flights & High-Level Govt Meetings – Deputy PM

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Ankara has banned the Dutch ambassador from entering the Turkey’s territory, as well as suspended all diplomatic flights and high-level government meetings, due to the incidents with the Turkish ministers in the Netherlands, occurred on Saturday.

Turkey Bans Dutch Ambassador, Suspends Diplomatic Flights & High-Level Govt Meetings - Deputy PM

Photo: AFP / Yasin Akgul

Ankara has prohibited the Dutch ambassador to enter the Turkish territory, suspended all diplomatic flights and high-level government meetings, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.

Currently, Dutch ambassador to Turkey Cornelis Van Rij is on leave from returning to the country. In addition, Dutch ministers have also been barred from entering Turkey, as well as all diplomatic flights between the two nations have been suspended.

“We are doing exactly what they did to us. We are not allowing planes carrying Dutch diplomats or envoys from landing in Turkey or using our airspace,” Kurtulmus said. “Those creating this crisis are responsible for fixing it.”

He also added that the government further recommends the Parliament revokes an official friendship agreement between Turkey and the Netherlands.

He also added that the government further recommends the Parliament revokes an official friendship agreement between Turkey and the Netherlands, noting that the Amsterdam’s actions, which prevented the Turkish Foreign Minister from landing in the country, and mistreating the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies were a sign of the collapse of Europe.

In addition, on Monday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said that Ankara intends to reconsider the agreement with the EU on curbing the flow of migrants. According to Canikli, his government will make a revision of the agreement with Brussels on restricting the flow of migrants and refugees, who arrive to Turkey and seek to reach Europe.

At the same time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has continued to deliver angry speeches against his country’s NATO partners, accusing German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “supporting terrorists.” Last week, he compared the Dutch to the Nazis twice.

Tensions between Ankara and the governments of the Netherlands, Germany and other European countries have intensified after the latter refused to host political demonstrations of the Turkish authorities on their territory.

On Saturday, the Dutch authorities did not allow the two Turkish ministers: Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlutu Cavusoglu, and Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, to address Turkish citizens, living in the Netherlands, in Rotterdam. The Dutch authorities did not allow Cavusoglu to enter the country, and Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was escorted to the German border.

The Turkish officials were going to convince their fellow citizens to support changes in the Turkey’s constitution, which would significantly extend the President’s powers.

Earlier, the authorities of Austria, Germany and Switzerland also prohibited speeches of Turkish officials on their territories, citing possible security problems.

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