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Tight security around Ankara's Dutch embassy amid diplomatic row

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 00:50

The Dutch embassy in Ankara is sealed off by police for security reasons amid a deepening diplomatic spat between the two countries. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The Dutch embassy and consulate building in Ankara remained sealed off on Sunday morning (March 12) amid as escalating diplomatic row between the countries. A significant security presence accompanied by water cannons stood at the ready outside the vicinity of the embassy. Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday (March 12) that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways" after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish expats. President Tayyip Erdogan had branded its fellow NATO member a "Nazi remnant" and the dispute escalated into a diplomatic incident on Saturday evening (March 11), when Turkey's family minister was prevented by police from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. Less than a day after Dutch authorities prevented Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from flying to Rotterdam, Turkey's family minister, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, said on Twitter she was being escorted back to Germany. In a statement issued early on Sunday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey had told Dutch authorities it would "respond in kind to this unacceptable behaviour". Residents of Ankara said Dutch authorities shouldn't have been sent back to Germany.

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Tight security around Ankara's Dutch embassy amid diplomatic row

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 00:50