Saudi Linkup With MKO Sign of Frustration

Saudi Linkup With MKO Sign of FrustrationSaudi Linkup With MKO Sign of Frustration

A recent gesture of support for the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization by a Saudi prince who addressed a gathering of the group is a move out of frustration with Riyadh's hostile policy against Iran, a Foreign Ministry source said.

Former Saudi intelligence chief, Turki al-Faisal, in his speech at the MKO meeting in Paris on Saturday, pledged his side's support for the group's activities against Iran's establishment.

"It was not quite unexpected that the father of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and a partner of the Zionists would resort to such a desperate act of political imprudence and stupidity," the source said, referring to the Saudi government.

"The talk of unfulfilled ambitions between terrorists and their … supporters who gathered to console each other revealed the ultimate level of their frustration," he was quoted as saying by ISNA on Sunday.  

***Terrorists as Tool

Riyadh's move further testifies to the fact that they are using terrorist groups as a tool against other Muslim countries, a policy they have been pursuing in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the source added.

Saudi Arabia is widely known as a supporter of militant groups currently operating in Syria and Iraq.

Tehran and Riyadh are on opposite sides in conflicts across the region, where they back competing factions in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Bahrain.

Faisal, who currently chairs the Board of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, lauded the anti-Iran gathering, the participants of which, he claimed, hope to "free Iran of oppression".

Also at the meeting, Faisal paid special tribute to the notorious terror group's current head Maryam Rajavi and her husband Massoud Rajavi, the MKO's former ringleader, Tasnim News Agency reported.

During the nearly 30-minute speech at the gathering, the Saudi prince referred to Maryam Rajavi, who was in the audience, as "Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and your late husband Massoud Rajavi".

Massoud Rajavi has made no public appearance since 2003 and his potential death has never been confirmed by the terrorist group.

Among foreign supporters of the terrorist group were former French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, former Spanish prime minister, Joze Luis Zapatero, former US Congress speaker, Newt Gingrich, former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, and former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

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 1979 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 lists of terrorist organizations.

The anti-Iran terrorists enjoy freedom of activity in the US and Europe, and even hold meetings with American and EU officials.

A number of other Arab figures, including former Algerian prime minister, Sid Ahmad Ghozali, former Jordanian information minister, Salah Gualleb, former Egyptian foreign minister, Mohammad Orabi, and Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Palestinian Fatah movement, also attended the Paris conference.