Netherlands refuses landing rights for Turkish foreign minister's plane

  • Netherlands refuses landing rights for Turkish foreign minister's plane

Netherlands refuses landing rights for Turkish foreign minister's plane

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Dutch "do not know politics or global diplomacy" and added, "these Nazi remnants, they are fascists". Similar precautions were taken at the Dutch charge d'affaires' house and the ambassador's residence.

Opponents say the change would push Turkey toward one-man rule and the erosion of basic rights and freedoms. According to local media, her auto was stopped before it could reach the port city.

The Netherlands is not the first country to impose such a ban. "They suspended all of these", Kaya told Turkish state media by telephone.

Erdogan is looking to Turkish émigrés across Europe to help clinch victory in the 16 April vote, which promises to shape the future of Turkey and its role as crucial North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member in strategic proximity to the Middle East.

But Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said there was no question of him being excluded from the Netherlands.

The Netherlands has canceled Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's flight permit on grounds of "security" and "public safety", Dutch Foreign Ministry announced in a statement Saturday. According to Anadolu Agency any Erdogan Dutch flight barring would be on diplomatic flights.

"You can stop our foreign minister's plane all you want, let's see how your diplomatic planes will come to Turkey from now on", Mr Erdoğan.

Rutte called Erdogan's reference to Nazis and Fascists "a insane remark".

"I understand they're angry but this is of course way out of line".

The move drew a furious reaction from the Turkish president, fuelling a diplomatic dispute between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over campaigning for a Turkish referendum on constitutional reform.

On Friday, the owner of the venue booked for the political rally had withdrawn authorization. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu bluntly made this point at a press conference on March 9, suggesting that European politics has been "surrendered to far-right wing, racist politicians" at the expense of endangering the future of Europe and its values.

"We will not allow the victims of the Nazis to be trivialized", she said.

German authorities withdrew permission for two rallies leading to Erdogan comparing the country to Nazi Germany.

He had already been barred from addressing a Turkish rally on the upcoming constitutional referendum by local authorities in the city.

Erdogan has used last year's coup as one of the reasons why he needs the new powers.

Journalist and author Andrew Finkel, who has covered Turkey extensively, told Al Jazeera the spats with Europe play well to the electorate back home.

The ban drew strong criticism from the Turkish government.