Turkish PM threatens sanctions against Dutch over minister’s expulsion

Binali Yıldırım says there will be ‘strong countermeasures’ after minister was prevented from campaigning on Erdoğan referendum in Rotterdam

The Turkish family minister, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, arrives back in Istanbul after being escorted out of the Netherlands.

The Turkish prime minister has threatened the Netherlands with sanctions in retaliation for the expulsion of a government minister from the country as she tried to visit the consulate in Rotterdam.

Binali Yıldırım said the Dutch authorities had violated Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya’s diplomatic immunity when she was barred from entering the consulate as part of a Turkish referendum campaign.

The Netherlands opposed the visit because it clashed with next week’s Dutch general election, prompting an international row that threatened to overshadow the parliamentary poll on Wednesday.

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said Kaya’s visit was “irresponsible” and she had defied requests from The Hague to stay away. “Since last week [foreign affairs] minister Bert Koenders and I have been constantly trying to de-escalate the situation,” he told WNL Op Zondag. “We need to talk about this.”

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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