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Dutch government withdraws landing rights for Turkish FM plane

The Dutch cabinet Saturday decided to cancel the landing rights for the plane of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in the Netherlands, preventing Turkish officials from campaigning in the country.

"After a public call by Turkish authorities to Turkish-Dutch citizens to join a public meeting in Rotterdam on Saturday, the public order is at stake," the Dutch government stated in a press release.

According to the Dutch government, both Turkish and Dutch sides were in talks to move the rally or make it smaller.

"But before the talks were finished Turkish authorities threatened with sanctions," the Dutch government said, adding "That makes a reasonable solution impossible."

The Turkish government plans to campaign in the Netherlands, and for instance also in Germany, for a referendum to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power.

To urge Dutch citizens with the Turkish nationality to vote for a stronger position for Erdogan, Turkish FM Cavusoglu planned to speak at a rally in Rotterdam on Saturday.

The Dutch government had already objected the campaign by Turkish officials and made several attempts to prevent them from coming.

The Turkish minister faced similar approach from Germany but managed to address Turks in Hamburg at the Turkish Consulate General on Tuesday after permissions of two halls in the city were cancelled.

The past weeks have witnessed several such cancellation for Turkish politicians seeking to hold rallies in Germany.

[Source: Xinhua, The Hague, 11Mar17]

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