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Austria said on Monday it had barred a Turkish minister from attending an event in the country to mark the anniversary of last year's failed coup in Turkey.

Turkey's foreign ministry swiftly condemned the move, which adds to strains in relations between Ankara and Europe.

Commenting on the decision to bar Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told ORF radio: "We do not want the heated atmosphere that exists in Turkey after the coup attempt and the waves of purges that followed it to take place in Austria."

Kurz's spokesman said such a visit would represent a "danger for public order and security in Austria".


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