Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fars News: "Envoy Denies Fabricated Media Reports on Insult to Arabs"

He "said that the Zionist usurper regime was a respectful regime"? The outrage!
A senior Iranian diplomat categorically rejected media reports on his insult to Arabs, and stressed that such reports aim to stir tension between Iran and Arab nations.

Al-Arabiya, affiliated to Saudi Arabia, issued a fabricated report on Friday saying two Iranian Foreign Ministry officials, including Iran's Ambassador to China Mehdi Safari, called Arabs as "Bedouins" during their interview with Danish daily which was also published by a Norwegian paper.

It said that the two senior Iranian officials had said that the Zionist usurper regime was a respectful regime.

The network also referred to Safari as Iran's first deputy foreign minister while he is currently Tehran's envoy to Beijing.

Speaking to the Islamic republic news agency, Safari categorically denied the claims and stressed that he had not visited any European country and had not interviewed with any European or Chinese daily in the past two years.

He reiterated that such reports by al-Arabiya were aimed at tarring the existing relations between the Iranian and Arab nations in such a sensitive arena. [...]
Arab-Iranian relations are not going so well at the moment.

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