Turkish family affairs minister blocked from entering Rotterdam consulate


He said: "Ban our foreign minister from flying however much you like, but from now on, let's see how your flights will land in Turkey".

It was the second time the far-right leader made the slur in the space of a week, first directed at Germany, after the Dutch government withdrew landing permission for Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Dutch authorities deny landing permission to Turkish foreign minister.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires Saturday following the decision to bar Cavusoglu's flight.

Officials in several major European cities have banned rallies by senior Turkish politicians to promote a a constitutional referendum among members of Turkey's European diaspora.

Erdoğan is campaigning for expatriate voters' support of an April referendum that would change Turkey's government from a parliamentary republic to a presidential one and expand his powers over the budget and appointments of key officials.

The Turkish Family Minister Fatma Sahin announced she will arrive to the rally by vehicle and the Turkish Foreign Minister has declared that "Holland's actions will have repercussions".

Kaya said the Dutch police told her that as a Turkish minister, she was forbidden from entering the consulate building and they were allowed only 30 meters away from the building.

The Dutch foreign ministry said it regretted the course of events, but remained committed to dialogue with Turkey.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said that while the Netherlands and Turkey could search for "an acceptable solution", Turkey was not respecting the rules relating to public gatherings.

The minister also confirmed that Erdogan "is thinking of a visit to Germany" but the date and place has not been decided yet.

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. 'I have never before witnessed a minister from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally being banned, ' he said, before adding that all the main political party leaders agree with the Dutch position.



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