The Netherlands Formally Withdraws Turkish Ambassador Over 2017 Row

The Netherlands will also not accept the appointment of a new Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands

In this file photo taken on November 24, 2017 Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra arrives for an ?EU Eastern Partnership summit with six eastern partner countries at the European Council in Brussels
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The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Monday said it had formally withdrawn its ambassador to Turkey, who has been physically barred from the country for almost a year, over a dispute that began during March 2017. Turkey and the Netherlands are both NATO members.

The Netherlands will also not accept the appointment of a new Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands.

In a statement, the ministry said it has "paused" talks with Turkey on resolving the matter.

The two governments originally fell out over the Netherlands' decision to block visas for Turkish officials to campaign among the Turkish diaspora in the Netherlands in favor of Turkey's constitutional referendum in March -- at the exact time the Netherlands was holding its own national elections.