Spain will summon Iran's ambassador to condemn the Iranian president's latest verbal attack on Israel, officials said Monday. On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the world would witness the destruction of Israel soon, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos called Ahmadinejad's comments "unacceptable." "These words need a strong response," he told Spanish national radio.
Ahmadinejad: Israel's destruction close
Moratinos will summon Iran's ambassador in the coming days, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
France's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, echoed Moratino's criticism of Ahmadinejad, saying that his words on Sunday were not in line with Teheran's efforts to play a central role in the Middle East.
"[Iran's] vocation in both the Israel-Palestinian conflict and in relations between Israel and Lebanon cannot be used as a catalyst for doubt in Israel's right to exist," said Kouchner
Ahmadinejad said last summer's war between Israel and Hizbullah showed for the first time that the "hegemony of the occupier regime [Israel] had collapsed, and the Lebanese nation pushed the button to begin counting the days until the destruction of the Zionist regime," according to IRNA.
Israel responded Sunday by asking the international community for a condemnation of Ahmadinejad's comments.