Mar 05, 2019 08:08 Asia/Tehran
  • Tehran expels two Dutch diplomats: Iranian FM Spox
    Tehran expels two Dutch diplomats: Iranian FM Spox

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has confirmed that two Dutch diplomats have been expelled from Tehran.

Iran Press/Iran news: Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said that two Dutch diplomats in Tehran in tit-for-tat diplomatic action have been declared persona non grata, and have left Tehran at the behest of the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands on Monday recalled its ambassador to Iran for consultations after diplomats at its embassy in Tehran were expelled, according to an Iran Press report.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok issued a statement on Monday, saying: “The government has decided to recall the Dutch ambassador in Tehran for consultations. This decision follows the announcement by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that two Dutch diplomats at the embassy in Tehran have been declared persona non grata and have to leave the country.”

The diplomats have already returned to the Netherlands, Blok said.

Also Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands was summoned to Dutch Foreign Ministry in the Hague to explain the expulsions, which Blok said in a letter to parliament “is not acceptable and is negative for the development of bilateral relations”. 211/104

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