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Germany Rejects Part Of Iranian Letter About Israel

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo) (Fars) July 21, 2006 -- Germany says it rejects parts of a letter Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad sent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 19.

Merkel's spokesman, Ulrich Wilhelm, says the letter made statements regarding Israel's right to exist and the Holocaust that Germany believes are "unacceptable."

In the past, Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust and called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

Wilhelm also noted that the letter made no mention of Iran's disputed nuclear program.

(Reuters, AP, AFP)

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