Turkish FM calls Dutch flight ban "scandal from every angle"

Jay Jacobs
March 12, 2017

Rotterdam city authorities withdrew permission on Friday for Mevlut Cavusoglu to attend a meeting of the Turkish community to rally support for Erdoğan's plans to extend his powers.

Turkey has asked off-duty Dutch ambassador to not return for a while, said a foreign ministry statement Saturday.

Erdogan also denounced Germany after Turkish leaders were prevented from rallying expats in several German cities in support of the referendum.

Campaign staff hold a banner reading "Stay Away, This Is Our Country" as firebrand anti Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, left, protests outside the Turkish embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, against the p.

The Netherlands has barred Turkey's foreign minister from landing in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish emigres.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Minister of Family and Social Policies Betul Sayan Kaya, who is now in Germany, made a decision to travel to Rotterdam by land in the face of a flight ban, Turkish media reported.

But the rally was banned for security reasons, and the minister's plane was then refused permission to land.

"Great! Thanks to heavy PVV- pressure a few days before the Dutch elections our government did NOT allow the Turkish minister to land here", Wilders wrote.

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Mr Rutte warned in a statement that the Turkish threat of sanctions made "the search for a reasonable solution impossible".

Relations between Ankara and the European Union have deteriorated significantly in the past year amid the arrest of thousands of people in purges and security crackdowns after an attempted coup in July.

However, the rally was banned.

According to Politico, there are 1.5 million people eligible to vote in Turkey's referendum now living in Germany.

Turkey has hit back hard at the cancellations, with Erdogan angrily comparing moves by local authorities in Germany to stop the rallies to "Nazi practices".

Erdogan's ministers are keen to tap into the diaspora in Germany, which includes 1.4 million people eligible to vote in Turkey - the fourth-largest electoral base after Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

It said the Turkish government "does not want to respect the rules in this matter".

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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