Brussels: Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad`s suggestion that the US government was involved
in the September 11 attacks was "outrageous and unacceptable,"
the European Union said on Friday.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said that
Ahmadinejad`s assertions at the United Nations general
assembly yesterday "that the United States was in any way
responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks or that the
majority of people in the US believe this to be the case, is
outrageous and unacceptable."
"It is for this reason that all representatives of the 27
nations of the EU walked out," she underlined, after Europe
joined a US-led Western walkout in Manhatten.
The Iranian president said there was a theory that "some
segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to
reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the
Middle East, in order also to save the Zionist regime."
Al Qaeda hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade
Centre, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania in the
attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people nine years ago, the
deadliest ever on US soil.
US President Barack Obama "found the comments to be
outrageous and offensive, particularly given how close we are
to Ground Zero," an official there said on condition of