Germany summons Iranian envoy over remarks

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9 December 2005, BERLIN - Germany summoned the Iranian ambassador in Berlin on Friday to hear a strong protest at remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that minimized the Holocaust and called for the removal of Israel.

9 December 2005

BERLIN - Germany summoned the Iranian ambassador in Berlin on Friday to hear a strong protest at remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that minimized the Holocaust and called for the removal of Israel.

Foreign Office spokesman Martin Jaeger said the envoy was being told the remarks were not acceptable. Anyone who questioned the right of Israel to exist had to be strongly contradicted.

Ahmadinejad caused world outrage this week with remarks in Mecca that questioned the extent of the Holocaust and suggested that Israel should be relocated to Europe.

In Vienna, the Austrian Foreign Ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador to hear Austria's "unambiguous rejection" of the remarks. Austria said Israel's right to exist was not open to question.

Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel had earlier slammed the Ahmadinejad remarks. "These comments are absolutely unacceptable," said Merkel Thursday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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