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Turkey threatens to give tough response to actions of Dutch government
13:54, 12 March 2017
Turkey threatens to give tough response to actions of Dutch government

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called Rotterdam events "a large diplomatic scandal"

13:54, 12 March 2017

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Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim condemned the actions of Dutch government, not allowing Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, the Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policy, to enter the territory of Turkish Consulate General in Rotterdam, stressing the response of Ankara would be immediate, Turkish agency Anadolu reports.

"We strongly oppose the actions of Dutch government. Ankara’s response will be severe. Pressure on Turkey and the minister with diplomatic immunity is unacceptable," Yildirim stressed.

Prime Minister reminded that Minister of Family and Social Policy came to Europe in order to inform Turkish citizens in this country regarding constitutional amendments, submitted to referendum on April 16 in Turkey.

According to Yildirim, despite the diplomatic efforts of Turkey, they did not manage to settle the issue regarding meeting organization between Turkish Minister and compatriots in Rotterdam.

"Friends from European countries who like to discuss the topic of democracy and freedom of speech, have finally disrespected human rights themselves," Prime Minister said.

At the same time, Yildirim called on Turkish people living in Netherlands to remain calm. "Members of Turkish diaspora should not succumb to provocations. The best answer for such fascist methods will be the referendum on April 16," Prime Minister claimed.

As it was reported earlier, Netherlands withdrew landing permission for the plane with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on board flying in for a campaign rally. Beyond that, Turkey's family minister reported on Twitter he was not being allowed to enter Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted pretty quickly, describing the move as a measure by “Nazi remnants and fascists”.

Related: Dutch police used water cannon to break up rally supporting Erdogan

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Related: Dutch government withdraws landing permission for Cavusoglu’s plane

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