Denmark moves to cancel Turkish Prime Minister’s scheduled visit

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has expressed his desire to cancel a scheduled visit by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

“Yildirim’s visit to Denmark cannot be separated from the incidents between Turkey and the Netherlands and this is why I have proposed to my Turkish colleague that he postpones his visit,” Rasmussen said.

Prime Minister Yildirim had planned to visit Denmark on 20 March for a meeting with expatriates living in the country.

“Under normal circumstances we would be pleased to host Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. We had a constructive dialogue in my visit to Ankara on 10 December, 2016. However, due to Turkey’s current conduct towards Holland, I proposed that my Turkish colleague come at a later date.”

The Netherlands had cancelled Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s flight into Rotterdam on Saturday. The foreign minister was supposed to travel to the country for a meeting with Turkish expatriates on the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey.