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Holland sends military attaché to Iran, angering coalition partner

The Netherlands has posted a defense attaché to Tehran, angering a senior Dutch politician who is demanding to know why the government would seek military cooperation with a country that calls for Israel’s destruction.

Joël Voordewind of the Christian Union party says he was “dismayed” by the posting, which was first revealed by the NIW Dutch Jewish weekly. In addition to developing missiles capable of reaching Europe, “Iran oppresses its own population and seeks to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth,” says Voordewind, whose party is a coalition partner.

“I assume we don’t want military cooperation with Iran,” Voordewind tells the weekly.

His Party for Freedom and the Reformed Political Party are formulating a parliamentary query for the foreign and defense ministries, Esther Voet, the editor in chief of NIW, tells JTA.

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