Netherlands recalls its ambassador in Tehran

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The Dutch foreign ministry on Wednesday said it was recalling its ambassador to Iran for "consultations", a day after Islamic militants ransacked the British embassy.

Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal "recalled the Tehran ambassador for consultations. The reason is the violent assault on the British embassy and diplomatic compound yesterday in Tehran", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The step was taken to show solidarity with Britain, the statement said, noting that the ambassador would be brought back as quickly as possible.

London decided Wednesday to close its Tehran embassy and demanded Iran shutter its embassy in London within 48 hours.

Berlin and Paris have also recalled their ambassadors.

© 2011 AFP

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