Far-right Austrian leader Joerg Haider called US President George W. Bush a war criminal on Saturday.
In an interview with the Austrian daily Die Presse, Haider claimed Bush "brought about the war against Iraq deliberately, with lies and falsehoods â€¦ The Iraqi population is suffering terribly. Bush took the risk of an enormous number of victims."
Haider added in the interview that Bush's actions have only served to strengthen international terrorism.
Bush is expected to arrive in Vienna this coming week in order to participate in a summit meeting with European leaders.