Iran protests Sarkozy remarks
French Ambassador to Tehran Bernard Pollite has been summoned to Iran's Foreign Ministry on Thursday to hear the latter's strong objections to recent President Nicolas Sarkozy's anti-Iran remarks.
According to IRNA, Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Mehdi Safari voiced the Iranian strong protest against Sarkozy's interfering words, saying such remarks would have adverse consequences on Tehran-Paris future relations. The French diplomat said he would inform his country's officials of Iran's protest at the earliest.
On Monday, the French leader said that the Iranian nation was "misfortune" to be presented by some of its leaders. According to the French presidency's official website, Sarkozy said it was "impossible" for him to "shake hands" with his Iranian counterpart who did not recognize Israel and questioned the Holocaust. Sarkozy added that he would not "sit at the same table" with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.