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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.

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