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Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said in a televised interview late Tuesday that his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte has offered verbal apology over detention of Turkish chargé d'affaires in The Hague, Alper Yuksel and Rotterdam consul general Sadin Ayyıldız. reports that "During a phone call, Mr. Rutte has apologized for the detention of our consul general and chargé d'affaires," he said.

"Mr. Rutte said that the detentions were carried out by mistake," he added.

"He stated that the Dutch officials also did not desire to increase tensions to such an extent. He even offered to have a dinner together," Yıldırım concluded.

The ongoing row between Turkey and the Netherlands escalated into a diplomatic crisis after Dutch authorities blocked the family minister's convoy from entering the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday, following the Dutch government's decision to deny landing permission to the plane carrying Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier that day.

2017.03.15 / 09:12
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