Turkey – Netherlands debacle continues

Turkey has sent two diplomatic notes to the Netherlands over a diplomatic row stemming from a ban on Turkish ministers in the country.

The Dutch chargé d’affaires was also summoned to the Foreign Ministry for the third time.

The first note complained that the treatment meted out to the family minister and the delegation accompanying her, violated international law.

The second took umbrage about the harsh response of Dutch police against protesters in front of the Rotterdam consulate.

The note also stressed that Ankara expected an official written apology from Dutch authorities regarding actions that “did not comply with diplomatic decency and international law.”

Upon her return to the country, Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya said she witnessed “inhumane treatment” from Dutch authorities after being barred from entering the Rotterdam consulate.

The minister was subsequently deported to Germany.

On March 11, the Dutch government first cancelled Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s flight permit to the Netherlands and then blocked a convoy carrying Family Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

Kaya was escorted by the Dutch police to Germany after she was declared persona non grata, while police subsequently dispersed groups of Turks who gathered to protest in front of the consulate building in Rotterdam.


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