A controversial visit to the Netherlands by a Turkish minister to campaign in favour of a referendum giving the president greater powers is now less likely to go ahead, the Volkskrant said on Thursday.

The owner of the location where the rally was due to take place has pulled out and Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has said that he believes public order could be at risk if the meeting goes ahead elsewhere, the paper said.

However, it is unclear if the visit has been cancelled. A 'highly placed' official told the paper before Aboutaleb's statement that the minister had decided to come to the port city on Saturday whatever happens.

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