Ahmadinejad urges Pope to watch his language

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21 September 2006, WASHINGTON - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged Pope Benedict XVI to speak more cautiously in future, saying his remarks on Islam that caused outrage in Muslim countries could lead to war. "People in important positions should be careful about what they say," Ahmadinejad told US television channel MSNBC. "What he said may give an excuse to another group to start a war." But he indicated he was satisfied with the pope's apology. "I think that he actually takes back his statem

21 September 2006

WASHINGTON - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged Pope Benedict XVI to speak more cautiously in future, saying his remarks on Islam that caused outrage in Muslim countries could lead to war.

"People in important positions should be careful about what they say," Ahmadinejad told US television channel MSNBC. "What he said may give an excuse to another group to start a war."

But he indicated he was satisfied with the pope's apology.

"I think that he actually takes back his statement, and there is no problem," Ahmadinejad said through a translator. The interview was recorded Tuesday during his trip to the US to attend the UN General Assembly.

Benedict triggered protests and condemnation in Muslim countries with a speech last week in Germany that quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor who called Islam "evil and inhuman."

The pope has said he is sorry for causing outrage among Muslims. The citation was part of a lengthy speech on religious dogma and history that Benedict says was meant to promote interfaith understanding.

DPA

Subject: German news

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