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Turkish-Dutch high-level political discussions halted

Orient Net
2017-03-14 06:54 Damascuss
Following a diplomatic row with the Netherlands over bans on Turkish ministers’ rallies, Turkey decided to halt all high-level political discussions with the Dutch, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

Speaking during a news conference following a weekly cabinet meeting in Ankara, Kurtulmus said that Turkey will also close its air space to Dutch diplomats until Turkey’s requests are met.

Turkish government plans to advise parliament to withdraw from a Dutch-Turkish friendship group, Kurtulmus said.

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He added that the Dutch ambassador Kees Cornelis van Rij, who is currently on leave, is barred from returning to Turkey.

The row between the two countries escalated after Dutch authorities blocked the family minister’s convoy from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday, following the Dutch government’s decision to deny landing permission to the plane carrying the Turkish foreign minister earlier in the day.

The ministers were due to meet Turks living in the Netherlands ahead of the April 16 referendum on the constitutional amendment package.

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