The Dutch government recalled its ambassador to Iran on Monday, according to Reuters. This move comes after Iranian officials expelled diplomats from the Dutch embassy in Tehran, Foreign Minister Stef Blok said. Just two months ago, the Netherlands accused Iran of taking part in political killings in the Netherlands. The accusation triggered additional European Union sanctions against Iran. However, Iran has denied involvement in these killings.
“The government has decided to recall the Dutch ambassador in Tehran for consultations,” Stef said in a statement. “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.” He said the diplomats have already returned to the Netherlands.
The Netherlands summoned the Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands to explain the expulsions. Blok said in a letter to the parliament that the expulsion “is not acceptable and is negative for the development of bilateral relations.” He also said in a letter that the expulsion acts as a response to the Dutch government’s expulsion of two Iranian diplomats from the Netherlands in 2018. These diplomats were expelled due to evidence that Iran had took part in the killing of two Dutch people on Dutch territory.