Turkey visit ‘sign of restored ties,’ says Dutch FM

Stef Blok to visit Ankara and Istanbul as ties normalize between Turkey and the Netherlands 

Turkey visit ‘sign of restored ties,’ says Dutch FM

The Dutch foreign minister has said his two-day visit to Turkey this week will show the mending of fences between Turkey and the Netherlands. 

“The aim of the visit is to mark that bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Turkey have been restored,” Stef Blok told Anadolu Agency in a written statement ahead of his visit to Istanbul and Ankara set to start on Wednesday.

“We will be talking about things that bind us together, important issues on which we work together,” Blok said. 

He added that among the topics that will be discussed are “security, migration, and of course the economy.” 

“My visit to Turkey is a clear sign that we want to have channels of communication wide open, in order to be able to address issues that are important to both of us,” he added. 

“As in every relationship, there are always issues we do not see eye-to-eye on. The visit is also an excellent opportunity to raise these issues with each other, and address concerns we have in these areas,” he said.