Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke at the G20 summit with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about his threat to expel ten ambassadors, including the Dutch one. Following the Strasbourg human rights court, the ambassadors called on Turkey to release dissident Osman Kavala. The Netherlands will simply make such a call next time, Rutte told Erdogan on Saturday.
“I once again explained to him that when Strasbourg makes statements, the Netherlands always reserves the right to draw attention to them,” the outgoing Prime Minister told the press in Rome at the end of the G20 summit. “I have told the president that we will continue to do that in the future.”
Rutte explains that the Netherlands and the other Western countries do not see the call as “interfering with internal affairs”, but as “affirming more universal values”.
The ambassadors eventually declared their continued adherence to Article 41 of the Vienna Convention for Diplomatic Relations in order not to interfere in internal affairs. Erdogan subsequently withdrew the announced expulsion. Rutte once again said in Rome that he “really disagrees” that the ambassadors have backed down. The attitude of the ambassadors was strongly criticized by the House of Representatives, which, according to Rutte’s own VVD, will be seen as a “sign of weakness” by countries such as China and Russia.
In the conversation with Erdogan, the “economic relationship”, migration and Afghanistan were also discussed, Rutte said.
Rutte: I told Erdogan that ambassadors are within their rights
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