CHP urges government to suspend ties with the Netherlands

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CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu urged the government on Sunday to suspend ties with the Netherlands in retaliation for the prevention of Turkish ministers delivering political speeches in Rotterdam on Saturday.

“I now make an open call on the government. If they do not allow a minister of the Republic of Turkey into the Netherlands, if a minister cannot enter Turkey’s own consulate or embassy, then please suspend ties with the Netherlands,” Kılıçdaroğlu said and promised support of the measure.

On Saturday, Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was expelled from the Netherlands after the Dutch removed permission for political rallies of the Turkish government on their soil.

“There is a rule in diplomacy,” Kılıçdaroğlu said in reference to diplomatic immunity and said the prevention of ministers delivering political speeches is not acceptable.

“President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan likened the Dutch attitude to Nazism, with ministers following suit and calling the Netherlands government as well as the Germans due to a similar crisis last week “remnants of Nazis.”

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