EU condemns Ahmadinejad's Holocaust declarations
Ahmadinejad renewed his comments about Israel and the "myth" of the Holocaust that have previously sparked an international outcry.
Brussels -- The European Union on Sunday condemned declarations by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad including that the Holocaust is a "myth," a statement said.
"The presidency of the European Union condemns statements by President Ahmadinejad at the Quds Day rally in Tehran where he repeated denials of the Holocaust and of the right to exist of the state of Israel," it said.
"Such statements encourage anti-Semitism and hatred. We call on the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran to contribute constructively to peace and security in the Middle East."
Ahmadinejad on Friday renewed his comments about Israel and the "myth" of the Holocaust that have previously sparked an international outcry.
"They (Western powers) launched the myth of the Holocaust. They lied, they put on a show and then they support the Jews," he said to chants of "Death to Israel" from his supporters among the crowd.
"The pretext for establishing the Zionist regime is a lie ... a lie which relies on an unreliable claim, a mythical claim, and the occupation of Palestine has nothing to do with the Holocaust.
"This regime's days are numbered and it is on its way to collapse. This regime is dying."
Countries including Britain, France, Germany and the United States have condemned Ahmadinejad's comments.