Cavusoglu asks Dutch ambassador “not to return for a while”

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Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans against The Netherlands and hold pictures of Erdogan in front of the Netherlands' consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, early 12 March 2017. The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu had planned a speech in the Turkish Consul's residence in Hillegersberg, Rotterdam, but his flight to the Netherlands was cancelled.

Cavusoglu asks Dutch ambassador “not to return for a while”


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Turkish government has asked off-duty Dutch ambassador to Ankara to not come back to Turkey for a while, according to Saturday’s foreign ministry statement . “The Dutch ambassador who is on leave abroad [should] not return for a while.”

Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reacted to his canceled flight perimit by the Netherlands, while Dutch authorities stopped a vehicle carrying Family Minister Fatma Betul Kaya.

The foreign minister was scheduled to address the Turkish community in the Dutch city of Rotterdam later Saturday. According to Kaya, her vehicle was blocked in order to stop the minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

Ankara embassy and Istanbul consulate already closed

Meanwhile, a group of protesters has gathered outside the Dutch consulate in Istanbul, singing Turkey’s national anthem and chanting slogans such as “Netherlands, don’t be surprised and don’t test our patience,” ”God is great,” ”Barbarian Europe” and “Dictator Netherlands will pay.”

Dutch diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul were closed off due to security concerns. As a result, Dutch ambassador Cornelis van Rij is not in Turkey at the moment – and after Saturdays events would not be expected to return soon.

Van Rij is serving as an ambassador to Turkey since 2015 and has served 13 years in the European institutions. The last stops of his diplomatic career before going to Ankara where being the Dutch ambassador  Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Greece (2008-2012) and Spain (2012-2015).

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