News ID: 155647
Published: 0632 GMT July 25, 2016

French official: Supporting MKO "waste of time and money"

French official: Supporting MKO "waste of time and money"

Vice chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French Senate said Tehran and Riyadh have to make effort to bear each other and restart a dialogue, adding that supporting the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) "is big waste of time and money”.

Recently, rift between Tehran and Riyadh worsened after participation of Saudi former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal in MKO annual meeting in Paris, Trend News Agency reported.

MKO is considered a terrorist group because of its history of assassinations and bombings against Iranian authorities and for siding with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the eight-year Iraq-imposed war on Iran in the 1980s, which resulted in about a million casualties from the Iranian side.

Goulet said that “we always encourage the countries in the region to establish closer relationship for more enduring regional peace. The recent gathering of exiled Iranian terrorist group in France and presence of some Saudi figures hopefully shall not be interpreted as position of current administration of KSA”.

She also said no one in Iran supports MKO as it betrayed this country by supporting Iraq during a terrible war. Goulet said anyone involved in the regional policy knows that MKO has no foot print inside Iran.

The French official said that supporting MKO will just bring more solidarity among Iranian people and will create more misunderstanding between the two nations. “It is big waste of time and money,” she added.

Members of the MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where they enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up Camp Ashraf near the Iranian border.

The group has carried out numerous terrorist acts against Iranian civilians and government officials. The terror organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the north.

The MKO is a cult-like secretive organization, forcing its members to stay in camps in Iraq, depriving them of access to any free media and brainwashing them through a single channel TV and radio aired by the terrorist group. 

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