Iran's envoy to Paris summoned over comments

27th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - France summoned Iran's ambassador to Paris on Thursday in protest over anti-Israeli remarks made by the country's hardline president, the foreign ministry said.

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - France summoned Iran's ambassador to Paris on Thursday in protest over anti-Israeli remarks made by the country's hardline president, the foreign ministry said.

"The Iranian ambassador to Paris, Sadegh Kharrazi, was summoned this morning to the foreign ministry," spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei told reporters.

"He was asked to clarify the contents of remarks made the previous day by his president... calling for Israel to be 'wiped off the map'," he said, adding that France had repeated its condemnation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks.

"We reminded him that Israel's right to exist cannot be called into question," Mattei said, stressing that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could not be used as an excuse to contest this "fundamental right".

Ahmadinejad's comment, contained in a long anti-Western speech to a conference entitled "The World without Zionism", was the first time in years that a top Iranian official had openly called for Israel's destruction.

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