World Bulletin / News Desk
The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party said Sunday that the Netherlands should apologize to Turkey for its recent mistreatment of Turkish government ministers.
"If a minister of Turkey was refused, the Netherlands should apologize to us," Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu told a rally in Istanbul. “It’s that simple.”
He also said the Turkish people need to "come together" on Turkey's foreign policy interests, saying, "There is no right, left, or middle. This country is our country."
Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was refused permission to land in the Netherlands, and Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was deported from the country after being blocked from entering Turkey’s Consulate in Rotterdam.
When Turkish citizens in Rotterdam tried to peacefully protest, they were met by police using batons, dogs and water cannons, in what some analysts called a disproportionate use of force.
The incidents drew strong criticism from Ankara, including diplomatic notes sent to the Netherlands in protest.
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