Dutch foreign min urges Iranian counterpart to ‘de-escalate’ over situation with Israel


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch foreign minister Hanke Bruins Slot told her Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a phone call that Iran should not attack Israel and should take actions to “de-escalate”, she said on social media platform X.

“During the conversation I also expressed my great concerns about the ship that was hijacked in the Strait of Hormuz and that these types of actions must stop”, she added.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized an Israeli-linked cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, days after Tehran said it could close the crucial shipping route, and warned it would retaliate for an Israeli strike on its consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus.

(Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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