Thursday, October 27, 2005

YOU KNOW, even a stopped clock...
Spanish foreign minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos "urgently" called in Iran's ambassador to Spain, Alviri Mortesa, for "explanations" of Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadineyad's statement yesterday that "The Zionist occupying state in Jerusalem should be wiped off the map." The ministry also announced that Moratinos expressed "his most complete rejection" of the Iranian president's words. Ahmadineyad, at a conference on Zionism in Iran, repeated Ayatollah Khomeini's statement that Israel should be wiped off the map, and called for a new wave of confrontations in Palestine and agitation in the Arab world toward that end. He also attacked the United States, saying, "God willing, we will see a world without the United States and the Zionist entity." French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy took the same steps as Moratinos. Mortesa recently announced that former Iranian president Khatami will represent Iran at the Alliance of Civilizations forum, to be held in Mallorca between November 26 and 28.

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