Netherlands, Turkey restore diplomatic relations

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The Hague, July 20 (IANS) The Netherlands and Turkey are restoring mutual diplomatic relations, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced on Friday.

The development means that there will be a Turkish ambassador in The Hague and a Dutch ambassador in Ankara, Blok was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Blok wrote to the Parliament that he had new conversations with his Turkish colleague recently. “These talks have led to Turkey and the Netherlands having decided to normalize diplomatic relations,” said the minister.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a new ambassador would be sent to Ankara as soon as possible and that decision must first be approved by the Council of Ministers.

It has also been agreed that the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs will make an official visit to Turkey in the near future.

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Relations between the Netherlands and Turkey went sour after the former banned two Turkish ministers in March 2017 to campaign in the country for their President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan then accused the Netherlands of Nazism and fascism, and declared that the Dutch ambassador was no longer welcome.

–IANS

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