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  6/25/2014, Sivan 27, 5774

Iran 'Outraged' at Australia over 'Occupied Jerusalem'


Iran summoned the Australian Ambassador to Tehran for a dressing down over the decision three weeks ago by Australian Attorney-General George Brandis to stop calling Jerusalem "occupied."

Iran's IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) reported on Monday that Australian Ambassador to Iran Paul Foley came in for "outrage" from Iranian Foreign Ministry Director General of the Middle East and North African Department Reza Ameri. Ameri condemned the change in lexicon, saying by removing the word "occupied," Australia is "ignoring the occupation of Holy Qods," a reference to the Muslim name for the 3,000-year-old Jewish capital of Jerusalem.

In response, Foley said he would relay the protest to his government, and stressed that the change in terms was "ceremonial and separate from the policy of the Australian government."