Turkey demands apology from Dutch PM as row simmers

Turkey demands apology from Dutch PM as row simmers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures amid confetti during a rally in Istanbul on March 11, 2017. Erdogan threatened to retaliate after the Netherlands banned the foreign minister from flying in for a campaign rally, as he said The Hague's behaviour was reminiscent of Nazism. Turkish politicians are keen to harness votes of the Turkish community in Europe ahead of the April 16 referendum on whether to boost Erdogan's powers. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has said the Netherlands will be forced to apologise for barring its ministers from speaking in Rotterdam, the latest twist in a spat between the two NATO allies.

Talking in a business meeting, the Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said the government will give “the necessary response”, but did not expand on any measures Turkey were planning.

Turkey has also summoned the Dutch envoy three times, presenting him with two formal protest notes addressed to the Dutch government.

A diplomatic feud broke out between the two countries at the weekend after Turkish ministers were banned from attending a pro-Ankara rally in Rotterdam.

Dutch authorities refused to allow Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to land in the country, and went on to expel Turkish family minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya… see more

source: skynews