Relations between the Netherlands and Turkey deteriorated last year after Dutch authorities had banned a Turkish minister from attending a demonstration prior to a referendum that gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power.
“NL & Turkey have tried to reach an agreement on how to normalize bilateral relations. However, talks do not yet offer sufficient perspective on a settlement. Therefore, NL officially withdraws its Ambassador to Turkey. A pause in negotiations is in place,” Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlsra said in a tweet.
Commenting on Turkish President Erdogan’s statement that Turkey should be granted EU membership, a European Commission representative Alexander Winterstein said that the country wasn’t heading toward EU membership, but rather moving in the opposite direction.
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