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Istanbul terminates sister city protocol with Rotterdam


The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality city council has unilaterally terminated its sister city protocol with the Dutch city of Rotterdam following tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands, according to a municipality statement on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

 

The proposal to cancel the protocol -- signed in 2005 between two cities -- was offered by the Justice and Development (AK) Party, opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and independent members of the City Council.

 

 

It was unanimously voted in favor of cancellation at the council meeting, according to a joint declaration by the City Council members which was published on the municipality's official website.

 

The decision came after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier Wednesday he asked Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to tell the Istanbul mayor to end the pact with Rotterdam.

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