Iran FM summoned for calling Holocaust ‘cruel’
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Iran FM summoned for calling Holocaust ‘cruel’

Zarif asked to attend closed Tehran parliament session to clarify comments saying tragedy 'should not happen again'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, January 12, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, January 12, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)

The foreign minister of Iran was summoned to a closed session of the country’s parliament Monday to clarify public comments he made condemning the Holocaust.

Some 54 hard-line lawmakers signed the petition summoning Mohammad Javad Zarif to the session, Reuters reported, citing the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

The Holocaust was “tragically cruel and should not happen again,” Zarif said earlier this month at the Munich Security Conference.

Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad often practiced Holocaust denial in public speeches.

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