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Netherlands, Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

Netherlands, Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

Friday, 20 July, 2018 - 11:45

The Dutch government has restored formal diplomatic ties with Turkey after withdrawing its ambassador in February, the Netherlands' ANP News reportedon Friday, citing the country's foreign minister.

A diplomatic row between the NATO allies has been going on since March 2017, when the Netherlands barred members of President Tayyip Erdogan's government from campaigning among the Turkish diaspora in the Netherlands, Reuters reported. At the same time the Netherlands was holding its own national elections.

The decision to normalize ties was reached in a phone call between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok.

"During this telephone conversation, the ministers agreed to normalize the diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey."

Turkish FM added that ambassadors with Netherlands shall be mutually appointed in a couple of months, according to Reuters.

"To that extent the ministers agreed to reinstate ambassadors in Ankara and The Hague shortly," the ministry said in a statement.

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