Erdogan slams Netherlands over ban on FM's plane

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the Netherlands on Saturday after the country revoked the landing permission of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushoglu's plane in a bid to prevent the minister from meeting with the Turkish citizens in the Netherlands ahead of Turkey's constitutional amendment referendum scheduled on April 16.

Speaking at a rally in Istanbul's Bagcılar district, Erdoğan said that the Netherlands vainly tries to influence the outcome of Turkey's constitutional referendum by attempting to hinder Mevlut Chavushoglu from meeting Turkish citizens living in the country, and who are eligible to vote in Turkish elections.

''Our citizens living there will give the Netherlands the best answer in the upcoming referendum,'' Erdogan said, referring to the Dutch authorities' obvious attempts to influence the outcome of the referendum in favor of the ''No'' vote.

''From now on, let's see how Dutch diplomatic planes will land on Turkish soil?'' Erdogan said, hinting that Turkey will proceed to retaliatory bans following Saturday's incident.

Erdogan noted that nobody could attempt to force the Turkish nation into submission, referring to how the nation foiled a coup attempt on July 15, by going on the streets and standing against pro-coup tanks and soldiers.

The Turkish president reiterated that the World War II-era Nazi mentality is re-emerging in parts of Europe with practices aiming to bar Turkish ministers from meeting Turkish citizens, while also noting that the same countries are giving support to terrorist groups. Last week, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu's planned rally in Rotterdam was barred by Dutch officials.

2017.03.11 / 20:29
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