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Former Dutch FM slams gov't ban on Turkish minister

Dutch ban on Turkish minister is closely related to elections in the country, says former Dutch FM

İlker Girit   | 12.03.2017
Former Dutch FM slams gov't ban on Turkish minister

Istanbul

By Kemal Karadag

ANKARA

Dutch former foreign minister criticized his government move to cancel Turkish minister's flight permit.

The former minister from Christian Democratic Party, Ben Bot criticized Prime Minister Rutte and said it was not understandable to cancel Turkish minister's flight.

"In my opinion, this [move] is closely related to elections. We defended democracy and human rights," said Bot.

Bot said the move was contrary to democracy values, adding: "We took a wrong step."

Turkey vows for tenfold retaliation against Dutch government

On Saturday, Dutch government canceled Turkish foreign minister's flight permit and blocked family minister's convoy from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

The ministers were due to meet Turkish society ahead of April 16 referendum which will see a constitutional amendment.

Turkey asks Dutch ambassador 'not to return for a while'

Turkish foreign ministry asked duty-off Dutch ambassador in Ankara who was on leave not to return 'for a while'.

Dutch police dispersed Turkish citizens who took to the streets to protest police's treatment of Turkish family minister.

Democratic values trampled underfoot: Turkish minister

In Turkey, hundreds of people flocked to Dutch missions in Ankara and Istanbul to protest the Dutch government's moves.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the move as a measure by “Nazi remnants and fascists”. 

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