December 11, 2008

President Sarkozy Angers Iran

Sarkozy.jpg(Tehran, Iran) French President Nicolas Sarkozy made comments that have angered the Iranians. Consequently, the French Ambassador to Iran, Bernard Poletti, was summoned for a sit-down to discuss Sarkozy's remarks. To wit:

"How is it that a people such as the Iranian people - one of the world's greatest peoples, one of the world's oldest civilisations, sophisticated, cultured, open - have the misfortune of being represented as they are today by some of their leaders?

"I have said this to my friend Kofi [Annan]: I find it impossible to shake hands with somebody who has dared to say that Israel must be wiped off the map.

"I know perfectly well that we must resolve what is perhaps the most serious international crisis we are having to resolve: that of Iran moving towards a nuclear bomb.

"We cannot resolve it without talking to Iranian leaders, but, after what was the Shoah, after what was the 20th century, I cannot sit at the same table as a man who dares to say: Israel must be wiped off the map." [Note: Shoah is the Hebrew term for the Holocaust]

Ambassador Poletti was told that there would be repercussions for French-Iranian relations if such remarks were repeated.

Well, Mahmoud, I'm repeating them. Will you now punish the French?

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