Turkish foreign minister determined to visit Netherlands

Turkish foreign minister determined to visit Netherlands

Turkish foreign minister determined to visit Netherlands

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference at Ataturk International airport in Istanbul, Turkey, after the Dutch government revoked his landing permission, March 11, 2017.

"You can stop our foreign minister's plane all you want, let's see how your planes will come to Turkey from now on", Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul on Saturday.

"There are many Turkish Dutch whose large assemblies will likely generate pressure on Dutch society".

According to Anadolu Agency any Erdogan Dutch flight barring would be on diplomatic flights.

At least four German local authorities have also withdrawn permission for pro-Erdogan campaign events and the Austrian government has also said allies of the Turkish President can not campaign in the country.

Earlier on Saturday, Cavusoglu said Turkey would impose "harsh political and economical sanctions" on the Netherlands if it attempts to cancel his planned meeting there.

Turkey has also summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to the foreign ministry in Ankara in protest, AFP reported. Despite the Turkish leadership's efforts a number of pre-voting rallies were cancelled in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

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Kaya said the Dutch police told her that as a Turkish minister, she was forbidden from entering the consulate building and they were allowed only 30 meters away from the building.

It also says the threat of sanctions from Turkey over the issue, and a call for a "massive public rally", made it impossible to find a "reasonable solution".

Mevlut Cavusoglu had been due to address a Turkish rally as part of a campaign to win expats' support for a constitutional referendum that could give the president sweeping new powers.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said that while the Netherlands and Turkey could search for "an acceptable solution", Turkey was not respecting the rules relating to public gatherings.

The foreign minister has since accused the Dutch of treating Turkish citizens in Holland as "hostages".

Relations between Turkey and European countries have deteriorated since last July's attempted coup in Turkey.