Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said Europe is heading for “wars of religion” and Dutch politicians are taking the continent “to a cliff”.
The Turkish Foreign Minister attacked Holland at a rally in Antalya on Thursday, despite the failure of anti-Islam/anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders to win a majority of the votes in the parliamentary elections on the day before.
Instead of welcoming the news that Wilders’ party has been defeated, the Turkish official claimed that Wilders’ beliefs are shared by every politician in the Netherlands.
“There is no difference between the mindsets of Geert Wilders and social democrats in the Netherlands. They all have the same mindset … that mindset is taking Europe to the cliff. Soon wars of religion may and will start in Europe,” Cavusoglu said, as quoted by Reuters.
The Foreign Minister’s comments are the latest insults in a growing diplomatic feud between the two countries. Turkey suspended high-level relations with the Netherlands on Monday after it banned ministers from addressing Turks in Rotterdam at a rally where they were seeking support for a constitutional reform that would give more powers to Turkish President Erdogan.
Erdogan, in response to the ban, accused the Netherlands of acting like “Nazi remnants” and having a “rotten” character, claiming the country was responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War.
“We know how rotten their character is from their massacre of 8,000 Bosnians there. Nobody should try to give us lessons on morality, especially not those who have blood on their hands,” he said.