On Monday, Ahmadinejad said the Jewish state would soon disappear from the map and the satanic power of the United States faced destruction. "I do not believe that my declarations create problems," Ahmadinejad said through a translator on arriving for his first trip to western Europe as president.
"People like my comments, because people will save themselves from the imposition of the Zionists. European peoples have suffered the greatest damage from Zionists and today the costs of this false regime, be they political or economic costs, are on Europe's shoulders," he said.
Ahmadinejad did not elaborate. He is in Rome to attend a United Nations summit on global food security.
The Iranian president reached the summit venue protected by tight security. He has no formal bilateral meetings planned.
Ahmadinejad had asked for a private audience with Pope Benedict. The Vatican said all such requests by heads of state who wanted to see the pope during the food summit were declined because he would not have been able to meet them all.
A Vatican statement said media interpretations that the pope was snubbing anyone were wrong.
On Monday Ahmadinejad said: "You should know that the criminal and terrorist Zionist regime which has 60 years of plundering, aggression and crimes in its file has reached the end of its work and will soon disappear off the geographical scene."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2008, 16:37