05/21/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz Defends Meeting With Ahmadinejad

Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz on Monday defended his meeting with his Iranian couterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said criticism was unjustified. "Switzerland is neutral and not part of any alliance," Merz said in a radio interview, adding that it is part of his country's national tradition to offer its mediation services.

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