IRAN INVITES TONY BLAIR TO SPEAK AT UPCOMING HOLOCAUST CONFERENCE.
Mr. Blair is a very busy man. If he cannot present his paper himself at the upcoming Holocaust conference in Tehran, perhaps he can send Jack straw to read it for him.
Turkish Daily News
30 January 2006
TEHRAN - AFP
Iran on Sunday invited British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Tehran to take part in a planned conference on the Holocaust, branded a "myth" by the Islamic republic's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "It would be good for Mr. Blair to participate in the Holocaust seminar in Tehran," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.
"He can also contribute with an article. If he wants to defend the Holocaust in that article, he can do so. We will give him the time to read out his article so others can hear his point of view," Asefi said, adding the conference was slated to take place in "the coming spring."
A British Embassy spokesman in Tehran declined to speculate on whether the PM would be willing to attend, but promised that "if we get a formal invitation, obviously we'll pass it on to No. 10," in reference to the prime minister's London residence at 10 Downing Street. Blair has already lashed out at the planned Holocaust meeting as "shocking, ridiculous, stupid," and said Ahmadinejad "should come and see the evidence of the Holocaust himself in the countries of Europe."
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