Netherlands formally withdraws its ambassador to Turkey

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The Dutch government decided to formally withdraw its ambassador to Turkey who has been barred from the country for a year.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Monday said it had formally withdrawn its ambassador to Turkey. The ambassador has been physically barred from entering Turkey over a dispute that began during March 2017.

The Netherlands will also not accept the appointment of a new Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands.

In a statement, the ministry said it has “paused” talks with Turkey on resolving the matter.

The crisis between two countries started over the Netherlands’ decision to block visas for Turkish officials to campaign among the Turkish diaspora in the Netherlands.

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