Turkey says Dutch envoy should not return ‘for some time’

Turkey says Dutch envoy should not return ‘for some time’

By Reuters
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives at the Metz-Nancy-Lorraine airport in Goin near Metz, Eastern France, March 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives at the Metz-Nancy-Lorraine airport in Goin near Metz, Eastern France, March 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA: The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it does not want the Dutch ambassador to Turkey to return “for some time”, as a row between the NATO allies escalated after the Dutch government barred Turkey’s foreign minister from flying to the Netherlands.

“We do not want the Dutch ambassador, currently on leave, to return to his post for some time. It has been explained to our counterparts that this grave decision taken against Turkey and the Dutch Turkish community will cause serious problems diplomatically, politically, economically and in other areas,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Earlier while addressing a rally of supporters, Erdogan retaliated against the decision to prevent the Turkish foreign minister from visiting Rotterdam.

“Listen Netherlands, you’ll jump once, you’ll jump twice, but my people will thwart your game,” he said. “You can cancel our foreign minister’s flight as much as you want, but let’s see how your flights will come to Turkey now.”

“They don’t know diplomacy or politics. They are Nazi remnants. They are fascists,” he said.

Rutte called Erdogan’s reference to Nazis and Fascists “a crazy remark”. He added: “I understand they’re angry but this is of course way out of line”.

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Erdogan chafes at Western criticism of his mass arrests and dismissals of people authorities believe were linked to a failed July attempt by the military to topple him.

He maintains it is clear the West begrudges him new powers and seeks to engineer a “no” vote in the referendum.

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