Two organisations representing Turkish mosques in the Netherlands have tentatively criticised Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trouw reports on Thursday.

The paper has had contact with both organisations which have dismissed Erdogan's latest verbal attacks on Europe.

Erdogan said in a speech to journalists on Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk safely if they kept up their current attitude toward Turkey.

'If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets,' he said. 'Europe will be damaged by this. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy.'

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