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More EU countries summon Iran envoy over executions

Denmark and Belgium said on Sunday they would summon Iran’s ambassador and put new EU sanctions “on the table” after Tehran executed two men linked to protests over the death of Mercer Amini. .

The announcement comes shortly after fellow EU member state the Netherlands announced similar measures.

Danish Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen told news agency Ritzau: “To send him the strongest and imaginable message possible that the abuses committed against his people are causing our outrage. said he would be summoned to

The Danish foreign ministry confirmed to AFP that the talks will take place on Monday.

Belgian Foreign Minister Haja Raabib wrote on Twitter that he was “horrified” by the execution.

“Together with like-minded EU member states, I summon the Iranian ambassador. New EU sanctions are being considered,” she said.

Dutch Foreign Minister Wobke Hekstra tweeted on Saturday that he was “appalled” and said he would summon the Iranian ambassadors to the Netherlands “to highlight our serious concerns”.

A fourth EU sanctions package is “already in preparation” for the bloc’s next foreign affairs council meeting on Jan. 23, he added.

Iran said on Saturday two men had been hanged for killing members of a paramilitary force in November amid unprecedented protests sparked by the custodial death of a young Kurdish woman, Masa Amini. announced.

The execution sparked international condemnation, with the United Nations condemning “unfair trials based on coerced confessions”.

The United States said it was “a key component of the regime’s efforts to suppress protests” that have rocked the Islamic Republic since Amini’s death last September.

In December, the European Union imposed a third package of sanctions on Iran over its violent crackdown on protests.

https://www.expatica.com/nl/general/more-eu-nations-to-summon-iran-envoys-over-executions-486846/ More EU countries summon Iran envoy over executions

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