Middle East

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: In his own words

Ahmadinejad in quotes
2005
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly described the Holocaust as a "fabricated myth". He did it for the first time in 2005, during his speech in Zahedan.
2006 World without Zionism conference in Tehran
At the World without Zionism conference in Tehran in 2006, Mr Ahmadinejad said Israel should cease to exist - it was not the first time, nor the last during his presidency, that he made such remarks.
2007
Mr Ahmadinejad's appearance at New York's Columbia University in 2007 sparked protests in the city. Many Americans said he shouldn't have been invited to speak, even though his appearance was very popular.
2008
Mr Ahmadinejad dismissed sanctions issued by the United States, United Nations and European Union as just a piece of paper, during a TV interview.
2009
Mr Ahmadinejad referred to the opposition as "dust and dirt" while speaking at Theran's Vali-Asr Square, just two days after the disputed election in 2009.
2010
Mr Ahmadinejad boasted about the liberal qualities of his country during an interview with German network RTL.
2011
President Ahmadinejad blamed "sabotage from the West" as Iran suffered droughts as the country was hit with one of the worst heat waves on record.
2012
In 2012, Mr Ahmadinejad responded with an unprecedented challenge to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei when he warned senior officials to stop fighting among themselves.
2013
Mourning Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Mr Ahmadinejad said he believed Chavez would "return with Jesus and the Perfect Human [Shia Islam's last Imam] to construct a peaceful, joyful and equal human society".