Iranian, Dutch Top Diplomats Discuss Closer Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok, held talks on a host of topics, including ways to boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

In the meeting, held in Tehran on Saturday, Zarif and Blok exchanged views about the latest developments in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

The two foreign ministers also discussed the latest efforts to promote bilateral relations between Tehran and Amsterdam in various fields.

The Dutch top diplomat’s visit to Iran comes as relations between the two countries have soured in the past few years following the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats from the Netherlands in June 2018 and Tehran’s reciprocal measure in February 2019.

After Iran’s expulsion of two Dutch diplomats, the Netherlands summoned its ambassador to Tehran to hold consultations, and summoned the Iranian ambassador, describing the act as “unacceptable” and “having negative consequences” for bilateral relations.

The Dutch foreign ministry had earlier in June expelled the two Iranian diplomats.

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