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Dutch Prime Minister Demands Apology From Turkey Over Nazi Remarks

© AFP 2023 / Lex van LieshoutDutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte - Sputnik International
Turkey must apologize for comparing the Dutch government and Nazis, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere gives a press conference on September 13, 2016 in Berlin - Sputnik International
German Interior Minister Speaks Out Against Turkish Campaigns
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Dutch authorities refused to let Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was expected to meet with the Turkish expats in the Netherlands, land over security concerns. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled the Dutch authorities' behavior as "Nazism."

"Turkey should apologize for comparing the Dutch with the Nazis," Rutte told reporters Sunday, as quoted by Deutsche Welle broadcaster.

He added that the remarks were unacceptable and did not contribute to deescalation of the conflict.

Ankara has been seeking support from Turkish expats for a constitutional change that would increase the president's powers.

The Turkish referendum on the constitutional amendment is scheduled for April 16.

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