Turkey vows to ‘strongly respond’ to Netherlands after minister was escorted out of country

The Dutch authorities detained Turkish Family Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya before sending her back to Germany early this morning. Kaya entered the Netherlands by car after the Turkish foreign affairs minister was banned from landing in the country. In response, the Turkish government shut down its embassy in Holland, citing “security concerns.”

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Turkish Family Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who announced that she will travel to Holland by car from Germany after the Turkish foreign affairs minister was banned from landing in the country, was detained last night (Saturday) by Dutch police when she was on her way to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. In response, Ankara announced that it has shut down its embassy in Holland due to “security concerns.” Early this morning, the Dutch authorities declared the Turkish minister an “unwanted foreigner” and sent her back to Germany.

When she was brought to the border with Germany, the minister wrote on her Twitter page that the entire world needs to take action against the treatment she received. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım commented on the diplomatic crisis and said that his country will “strongly respond.”

“The minister has diplomatic immunity and the treatment she received is unacceptable,” stated Yıldırım. Although Yıldırım called on Turkish citizens in European countries to remain calm, he urged them to vote in favor of the constitutional changes in the April referendum.

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Last night, about 100 people marched in Istanbul in order to protest against Holland’s decision to return Kaya to Germany and in Rotterdam, hundreds of people demonstrated outside of the Turkish consulate in support of the Turkish government. The demonstrators waved Turkish flags and praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A few hours later, police officers dispersed the protesters.

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry stated: “We are not interested in the Dutch ambassador returning to the country anytime soon.”

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