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Netherlands withdraws ambassador from Turkey

Turkish and Dutch relations are once again under strain as the Dutch ambassador is recalled from Ankara.
Demonstrators wave Turkish flags during a protest in front of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, March 12, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RC1DBCCB3850
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A long simmering row between Turkey and the Netherlands reignited today with the latter announcing the withdrawal of its ambassador from Ankara.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “The Netherlands and Turkey have recently held talks at various levels. At this stage, these talks do not yet offer a perspective to normalizing the bilateral relations.” The Dutch ambassador to Ankara, Cornelis van Rij, had effectively been denied entry to Turkey since March.

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