News ID: 154752
Published: 0716 GMT July 10, 2016

Commander calls Saudi Arabia "axis of supporting terrorism"

Commander calls Saudi Arabia "axis of supporting terrorism"

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Sunday called Saudi Arabia "the axis of supporting terrorism", after the kingdom's former spy chief attended an annual meeting of a terrorist group highly detested in Iran.

''Today it is clear to the world public opinion that the Al Saud regime is the axis of supporting terrorism in the region and beyond … and dozens of terrorist groups scattered in the world are committing great crimes against humanity with the finical support of Saudi Arabia," Head of the IRGC Public Relations Office Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said, ISNA reported.   

Prince Turki al-Faisal told the gathering of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in Paris on Saturday that he wants Iran's government to fall.

The rally was also attended by a number of Western political figures, including former US House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich.

Sharif noted that Faisal's "company and empathy" with the MKO is indicative of the Saudi government's long-running ties with the terror group and "exposes the backstage of enemies' horse trading" against the Islamic Republic of Iran.        

 In his address to the rally, the Saudi prince said "Your legitimate struggle against the (Iranian) regime will achieve its goal, sooner or later." "I, too, want the fall of the regime," he said, adding that "We are standing by you full heartedly."  

The Iranian general condemned Faisal's remarks, likening the Saudi regime to a person in deathbed.

In his speech, Faisal referred to the notorious terror group’s current head Maryam Rajavi, who was in the audience, as “Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and your late husband Massoud Rajavi.”

The former MKO leader has made no public appearance since 2003, raising speculations that he might be dead even though the terrorist outfit does not confirm that.

The MKO has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials over the past three decades. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.

Washington and the European Union have removed the MKO from their list of terrorist organizations and the group currently enjoys freedom of movement and activity in the US and Europe, including regular meetings with American and European politicians. It is a clear instance of double-standard putting US and European claim of fighting terrorism to question.







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