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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Turkey says the Netherlands will 'pay the price' for denying entry to ministers in growing diplomatic conflict

Turkey's president has said the Netherlands will 'pay the price' in a growing diplomatic row after two Turkish ministers were prevented from campaigning in Rotterdam.

"They will certainly pay the price, and also learn what diplomacy is. We will teach them international diplomacy," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Tensions between the two countries have escalated after the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was prevented from flying into Rotterdam on Saturday to attend a rally and family minister, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was denied entry to the Turkish embassy and escorted back to the border with Germany.

One protester managed to climb onto the roof of the Dutch consulate in Istanbul and replace the Netherlands' flag with the Turkish one.

Mr Erdogan earlier labelled the Dutch government "Nazi remnants, they are fascists.”

Mark Rutte, The Netherlands’ Prime Minister responded to Mr Erdogan’s comment, calling it a “crazy remark”.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Sunday that the country would retaliate in the “harshest ways” to The Netherlands' "unacceptable behaviour".

The Turkish government also said the Dutch ambassador should not return to Turkey for some time.

The diplomatic dispute has erupted shortly before the Dutch national election, which takes place on March 15.

Sources: The Telegraph.

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