Will the Netherlands expel Iranian diplomats?
The Dutch government has recalled its ambassador to Iran for talks following Tehran's decision to expel two of its diplomats amid a diplomatic scandal over an alleged plot to assassinate political opponents of the Islamic regime Dutch soil.
In a letter to the Dutch parliament on Monday, Foreign Minister Stef Blok said he told Iran's ambassador in The Hague last month that the expulsions, which were not previously publicly announced, were "unacceptable" and "negative" for the relationship of the two countries.
Iran informed the Dutch authorities of its decision to expel the diplomats on February 20 and the pair returned to the Netherlands on Sunday, Blok added.
The foreign minister said Iran's move was a tit-for-tat response to the Netherlands' expulsion of two Iranian embassy workers in June 2018 due to suspicions that Tehran was involved in the assassination of two Dutch Iranian citizens in the Netherlands.
Tehran has repeatedly denied any involvement in the murder of the two dissidents and alleged the accusations were intended to damage Iran's relations with the EU, which early this year announced sanctions against an Iranian intelligence unit and two officials allegedly linked to the deaths.