Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu assesses the diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the Netherlands

Assessing the diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the Netherlands, Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu said that the crisis demonstrated a highly right wing mentality once again. He said, “This chauvinist mentality will also encourage the Enosis supporters on the Greek Cypriot side.”

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu  responded strongly to the scandal that arose due to the cancellation of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and  Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya’s permit to fly to the Netherlands, barring them from entering the Rotterdam consulate, and leading to them being escorted out of the country.

Interpreting the developments as resurgence of right wing mentality, Minister Ertuğruloğlu said, “The attitude of the Netherlands, which does not comply with the diplomatic norms, cannot be acceptable especially with regards to the treatment of a female minister.”

Responding a question about whether the tension between Turkey and some European countries affects the negotiation process in Cyprus, Ertuğruloğlu said, “tension with EU countries will not affect us, because the negotiation process is already over. In other words, the tire has exploded, as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said. However, this chauvinist mentality that has emerged in Europe has made Enosis supporters on the Greek Cypriot side happy.”