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Danish PM asks Turkish counterpart to postpone visit

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen. Credit: PA

Denmark's prime minister has asked the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to postponed a planned visit to the country due to "tensions" between Ankara and the Netherlands.

Mr Yildirim is reported to have a visit to Denmark planned for Monday, March 20.

However, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen has said that such a visit cannot take place in light of "the current Turkish attack on Holland".

"Under normal circumstances, it would be a pleasure to welcome the Turkish Prime Minister", Mr Rasmussen said.

He continued that the Danish Government was "very concerned" about political developments in Turkey.

The diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands began when Rotterdam authorities cancelled a Turkish rally in the city, and then the Dutch Government refused to let the country's foreign minister's plane land.

In response Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decried the Dutch as "Nazi remnants", while Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has threatened "harsh" retaliation.

It is not known when the visit will be rescheduled for.

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Four suspected Islamic State members arrested in Denmark

Police said weapons were found in searches following the arrests Credit: Reuters

Four suspected Islamic State (IS) members have been arrested in Denmark, police have announced.

Ammunition and weapons were found in a connected search after the arrests near the capital Copenhagen, the police later tweeted.

It said those held were suspected of plotting to commit violence after recruitment by the Syrian branch of the terrorist group.

"The arrests took place as part of efforts to combat people enlisting in terrorist groups in the war-torn areas in Syria and northern Iraq," the police said in a statement on Thursday.

They declined to confirm the identities of the four suspects, who will appear before a judge on Friday, or the details of the allegations against them.

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