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Dutch PM: Turkey should apologise for Nazi comparison

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte believes Turkey should Credit: AP

Turkey should apologise for comparing the Dutch to Nazis, the Netherlands' Prime Minister has said.

Mark Rutte added that the latest comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused the Netherlands of acting like a "banana republic" and said it will pay the price for its "shameless" treatment of Turksih ministers, are "unacceptable" and are not helping to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.

Mr Rutte added that if Turkey continues on its current path then the Netherlands would be forced to consider it's response.

The row began on Saturday when a Turkish rally in Rotterdam was cancelled and the country's foreign minister's plane was not allowed to land in the Netherlands.

Erdogan: Netherlands acting like a 'banana republic'

President Erdogan believes the Netherlands is acting like 'a banana republic'. Credit: AP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the Netherlands is acting like a "banana republic" in the latest exchange between the two countries.

President Erdogan has also called on international organisations to speak out against the Netherlands and impose sanctions on them, and also criticised European countries for failing to voice criticism for the Netherlands' treatment of Turkish ministers.

A banana republic is a small state that is politically unstable as a result of the domination of its economy by a single export controlled by foreign capital.

Speaking at an event in Kocaeli the 63-year-old's comments are the latest escalation in the diplomatic row over a cancelled Turkish rally in the Netherlands.

Rotterdam authorities banned the rally in the city and the Dutch Government refused to let the Turkish foreign minister's plane land in the country, and then refused to allow the family affairs minister enter the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.


Turkey extends state of emergency following failed coup

President Erdogan (l) blames Fethullah Gulen (r) over the coup. Credit: Reuters

A three-month state of emergency declared after Turkey's failed military coup has been extended by another three months.

The state of emergency was introduced on July 20, five days after the failed coup attempt which left at least 270 people dead.

The Turkish government accuses US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the coup, and the state of emergency has allowed the government to carry out a massive crackdown on his movement.

Turkey has arrested 32,000 people in connection with the coup, with tens of thousands of people dismissed or suspended from government jobs including the police, judiciary, and military.

Mr Gulen's brother was detained on Sunday.

According to Turkish media authorities had been searching for Kutbettin Gulen on charges of "membership in and leadership of a terrorist organisation".

Erdogan: Turkey suicide bomber 'aged between 12 and 14'

A police officer secures the scene of an explosion where a suspected suicide bomber targeted a wedding celebration. Credit: Reuters

The suicide bomber who attacked a wedding celebration in Turkey killing at least 51 people was aged between 12 and 15, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Erdogan added that 69 people were wounded by the blast in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, 17 of whom were "heavily" injured.

The state-run Anadolu news agency put the figure of injured victims at 94.

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