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Newsline: Denmark and Belgium to summon Iranian ambassadors over executions

Denmark and Belgium said they would summon Iran’s ambassadors after Tehran executed two men linked to protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, with fresh EU sanctions “on the table”. The announcements came shortly after fellow EU nation the Netherlands announced similar action. Iran’s envoy to Denmark will be summoned “to send him the strongest possible and imaginable message that the abuses committed against his people trigger our outrage”, Danish Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen told news agency Ritzau. The Danish foreign ministry confirmed to AFP that the meeting would take place on Monday. (https://www.thelocal.dk/20230109/denmark-to-summon-iranian-ambassador-over-executions/) Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wrote on Twitter that she was “horrified” by the executions. “Together with like-minded EU member states, we will summon the Iranian ambassador. New EU sanctions are on the table,” she said.

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