|New chapter has opened in Iran-Netherlands relations: Dutch king||
TEHRAN – The Dutch king has said a new chapter has been opened in the relations between the Netherlands and Iran.
Willem Alexander made the remarks in a ceremony on Friday during which he received credentials of the new accredited Iranian ambassador Alireza Jahangiri in the royal palace.
The king said a Dutch parliamentary delegation plans to trip to Iran in late April.
Jahangiri, for his part, said Iran is determined to expand all-out relations with the Netherlands.
He said nearly 40,000 Iranians live in the Netherlands and this serves as a cultural link between the two countries.
Jahangiri, who also been appointed the Iranian permanent representative and ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) , submitted his credentials to Ahmet Üzümcü, the organization’s director.
Üzümcü offered his congratulations to Jahangiri and voiced hope that Iran’s relations with the organization would be expanded during his tenure as ambassador.
Pointing to Iran as the victim of chemical weapons, Üzümcü praised efforts by Iran to rid the world of chemical weapons.
For his part, Jahangiri expressed congratulations over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW.
The ambassador said Iran’s involvement in the organization’s activities is a “national demand” and a foreign policy priority which is based on opposition to production, stockpiling and use of any kinds of weapons of mass destruction, especially chemical ones.
He appreciated efforts by the OPCW director for creating an international network to support the victims of chemical weapons and providing them with financial backing.
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