France Envoy Summoned Over MKO Rally

France Envoy Summoned Over MKO Rally France Envoy Summoned Over MKO Rally

Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned French Ambassador in Tehran Francois Senemaud after Paris hosted a rally by the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization terrorist group.

Director General of the Foreign Ministry's Western Europe Department Abolqasem Delfi on Tuesday delivered the Islamic Republic's strong protest over MKO's annual event in Paris, Press TV reported.

"The holding of this gathering by those whose hands are stained with the blood of the Iranian people and its orchestration by the father and founder of terrorist groups such as the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Daesh [an Arabic acronym for the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group] and the Zionists' ally [referring to Saudi Arabia] and the delivery of a lowly speech by them against the Islamic Republic of Iran on French soil are unacceptable," he said.

Delfi added that permitting officials of other countries to propagate against and insult a third country is a violation of the principles of international law and is globally condemned and unacceptable.

The Iranian official called for an official stance by the French government on the MKO terrorist group and anti-Iran comments made in Paris by the creators and supporters of terrorist and anti-human groups.

Senemaud said the French government has no ties with and does not recognize the MKO terrorist group and added that he would inform his country's officials of Iran's protest as soon as possible.

Paris on Saturday hosted an annual meeting organized by MKO, which was attended by former Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal. The former Saudi spy chief gave a 30-minute address to the gathering.

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Faisal for taking part in the MKO rally and said the former Saudi intelligence chief and his like face a fate similar to that of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein.

"He [Faisal] has created both Al-Qaeda and Taliban, and played a very disgraceful role in the past record of Al Saud regime," he said.

The MKO is the most hated terrorist group among the Iranians because of its dark history of assassinations and bombings, and for siding with Saddam Hussein in his eight-year war against Iran in the 1980s.