World Bulletin / News Desk
The US embassy in Tunisia has condemned as "false and inappropriate" accusations leveled against the United States by Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani.
"What was intended to be a ceremony honoring Tunisia’s achievements was used by the Iranian representative as a platform to denounce the United States," the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.
"The US representatives present at the NCA / Constitution Ceremony departed the ceremony due to the false accusations and inappropriate comments made by the Iranian representative present regarding the United States."
Speaking at a Friday ceremony held by Tunisia to celebrate the endorsement of the country's new constitution, Larijani accused "imperialist countries" of supporting post-World War II dictatorships around the world.
He singled out the US in particular for its earlier support of the regime of former Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
"The hands of America and Israel tried to render the Arab revolutions infertile for Israel's interests," Larijani asserted.
The remarks prompted US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb Affairs William Roebuck, along with his accompanying delegation, to walk out of the ceremony.
On Friday, Tunisia held official celebrations to mark the endorsement of its new national charter. The event was attended by President Moncef Marzouki and a host of foreign heads of state and high-profile diplomats.
The new charter, approved on January 27, has been described by Tunisian officials as the Arab world's "first democratic constitution."Last Mod: 08 Şubat 2014, 10:34