Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the Dutch Envoy to Tehran Cees J. Kole over the meddlesome remarks of the foreign minister of the Netherlands.
On Saturday, the Netherlands formally froze all contact with Iran following the execution of Dutch-Iranian drug trafficker Zahra Bahrami.
Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said, “The Netherlands is very shocked by this execution, this scandalous deed.”
According to the announcement of the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office Bahrami was a member of an international drug trafficking ring, who with the help of her Dutch links, smuggled cocaine to Iran.
A search of her house uncovered 450 grams of cocaine and 420 grams of opium, the announcement added.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry reminded the Netherlands of Iran’s laws regarding drug trafficking drugs and cautioned the Dutch government against supporting criminals and interfering in Tehran’s internal affairs.
Referring to the independency of Iran’s Judiciary, the Foreign Ministry stressed that all Iranian citizens are all equal before the law, and Tehran will not allow drug traffickers to commit illegal acts with the support of foreign countries.
In recent weeks, some Western media have reported that Bahrami was arrested for participating in anti-government protests in 2009.
Last week, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast described the allegations as a pretext to exert pressure on the country.
“It is expected from the western countries to appreciate Iran’s efforts to combat drug trafficking and even cooperate accordingly,” he said.
Mehmanparast advised the West to realize that if the issue of combating drug trafficking is not taken seriously, it will directly affect their own youth who will be entrapped by drug traffickers.