Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders had a 30-minute phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart about claims that the Netherlands discriminates against Dutch Turkish citizens on Wednesday night.

News agency ANP reports that Koenders expressed the Netherlands' grave concern about the reports in a Turkish newspaper, and widely reported in the Dutch press.

'Direct interference by a foreign power in a democratic debate in the Netherlands is inappropriate,' Koenders is quoted as saying, pointing to the need for open dialogue about complicated subjects such as integration.

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