March 11, 2017 / 11:47 PM / 3 years ago

Turkish family affairs minister detained by Dutch authorities: media

Police block off the street outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam where a crowd gathered to await the arrival of the Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who decided to travel to Rotterdam by land after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's flight was barred from landing by the Dutch government, in Rotterdam, Netherlands March 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities detained Turkey’s family affairs minister to prevent her from addressing a rally in support of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Rotterdam, further escalating diplomatic tensions between the countries, two Dutch broadcasters reported.

Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya had traveled from Germany to the Dutch city by car after the Turkish foreign minister was refused entry to the Netherlands earlier Saturday.

Broadcaster RTL said Kaya was declared an “undesirable alien” and would be escorted to Germany.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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