Tuesday 16 January 2018

Holocaust did happen, Iran admits

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Robert Tait

Iran's new foreign minister has drawn a line under the era of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president, by stating unequivocally that his country does not deny the Holocaust.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's declaration, made via Twitter, was the latest example of a high-ranking Iranian official using social media to set a conciliatory new tone – contrasting sharply with the abrasive views of the former leader, who dismissed the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis as a "myth".

Mr Zarif had earlier wished Jews a "Happy Rosh Hashanah (new year)", echoing a similar Twitter message sent in the name of Hassan Rouhani, Iran's recently inaugurated president.

Mr Zarif, who was formerly Iran's ambassador to the UN, seized the opportunity to distance the new government from Mr Ahmadinejad after getting a reply to his message from the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader of the US House of Representatives.

"The New Year would be even sweeter if you would end Iran's Holocaust denial, sir," wrote Christine Pelosi. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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