Turkey bars Dutch envoy as rift escalates

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 14 Mar 2017, 11:10:01 | Updated : 14 Mar 2017, 11:10:18

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch ambassador barred

Turkey has announced a series of measures in retaliation for a Dutch decision to block its ministers from campaigning for a referendum.

Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus on Monday said the Dutch ambassador would be barred from returning to Ankara, and high-level political discussions suspended.

Turkish attempts to hold rallies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands have been blocked.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Dutch and Germans of Nazism.

The BBC's Mark Lowen in Istanbul says Turkey and the Netherlands, two Nato allies, are now locked in an unprecedented diplomatic crisis.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered the Netherlands her "full support and solidarity".

On Monday, the Dutch foreign ministry issued a new travel warning, urging its citizens in Turkey to take care and noting the new "diplomatic tensions".

The row comes just two days before a general election in the Netherlands dominated by concerns about immigration and Islamic radicalism.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte cited security concerns ahead of the election as a reason for blocking the Turkish rallies.
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