1. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving for meeting
3. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders shaking hands with Zarif
4. Close of Zarif at meeting
5. Close of Koenders
7. Various of Koenders and Zarif taking their seats, signing memorandum of understanding, exchanging documents
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister:
"I think it (whether to stay in or leave the European Union) is up to the people of Britain. I think issues should be resolved by people themselves rather than by outsiders. And I hope that we practice what we preach. On Bahrain, it's a very unfortunate situation. It seems that because of external pressure, and it has been external pressure since the time Saudi Arabia invaded Bahrain, avenues of peaceful protest and avenues of peaceful dissent are being closed to the people of Bahrain, and we believe that's a very dangerous situation and it requires great attention from the international community."
"Let me underline the importance that we attached to the (Iranian) nuclear agreement. I think this has been an important milestone for international diplomacy and, of course, as we have discussed the importance is in the implementation of all sides, and there we agree. And on many of the other issues of cooperation, like in the economic part, we have made progress and, of course, we have discussed also issues that are sometimes more sensitive - the minister (gestures towards Zarif) has spoken about it in terms of human rights. What we want to continue is a serious dialogue and I appreciate that."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javid Zarif on Thursday described growing unrest in Bahrain as a "very unfortunate situation".
Speaking alongside Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on a visit to The Hague, Zarif said avenues of peaceful protest were closed to the people of Bahrain, adding that Tehran believes the issue requires "great attention" from the international community.
Meanwhile in Bahrain, hundreds of protesters kept up their rally on Thursday outside the home of a Shiite cleric, a day after they chanted a promise to "give our soul and blood as a sacrifice" to protect him following the government's move that revoked his citizenship this week.
The demonstration in support of Sheikh Isa Qassim shows the unrest gripping the tiny island of Bahrain, sparked by an intense government crackdown on opposition groups and dissent, on a level unseen since its 2011 Arab Spring protest.
Separately, Zarif said it was up to the people of Britain whether to stay in or leave the European Union, adding that issues should be resolved by "people themselves rather than by outsiders".