Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Danmarks statsminister Lars Løkke Rasmussen på pressmöte vid Nordiska rådets session i Stockholm 2009

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Sunday that he had proposed delaying the planned visit to Denmark by Turkish Prime Minister Prime Minister Binali Yilderim.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Danmarks statsminister Lars Løkke Rasmussen på pressmöte vid Nordiska rådets session i Stockholm 2009
In a press release, Rasmussen said the decision was made in light of the increased tensions between Turkey on the one hand and Germany and the Netherlands on the other.

“Under normal circumstances it would be a pleasure for me to greet Prime Minister Yildirim in Copenhagen,” Rasmussen said, noting that he had a “frank and constructive dialogue” with him in Ankara on Dec. 10, 2016, during his visit to Turkey.

“But with the current rhetorical attacks by Turkey against the Netherlands, a new meeting can not be seen isolated from that. I have therefore suggested to my Turkish colleague that our meeting is postponed,” the prime minister said in the press release.

Rasmussen said the Danish government is observing current developments in Turkey “with great concern as democratic principles are under considerable pressure.”

“Normally this would not hinder a meeting, but rather make it even more relevant as it would present an opportunity to express our concerns directly,” the prime minister said.

“However, …the current rhetorical attacks against the Netherlands by Turkey means that a meeting right now would be interpreted as if Denmark is viewing developments in Turkey more mildly, which is not at all the case,” he added.

The bilateral diplomatic ties between Turkey and the Netherlands have become tense after the Netherlands barred Turkish ministers from rallying in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning for a referendum in April. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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