August 20, 2018, 13:46

Netherlands Withdraws Ambassador From Turkey Amid Failure to Normalize Ties

Netherlands Withdraws Ambassador From Turkey Amid Failure to Normalize Ties

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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Sourse: sputniknews.com

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