Iran summons French envoy to protest MKO’s gathering in Paris

Press TV – Iran has summoned the French ambassador to protest the European country’s support for the terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Wednesday that the French envoy was summoned by the director general for Europe affairs at the ministry the day before to receive Iran’s strong protest to France’s support for the MKO.

The Foreign Ministry told Bruno Foucher that France must not allow some extremist groups that are of a terrorist nature, albeit petty and worthless, to promote extremism and terrorism under the name of freedom of expression, Qassemi added.

Qassemi said that Iran also blasted the presence in the gathering of a number of radical US officials who made meddlesome and divisive speeches against the Iranian nation.

The French ambassador promised to convey Iran’s protest to the government and relevant officials of his country.

On Saturday, the MKO held its annual meeting in Paris, which was attended by a number of American officials, including US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who called for the toppling of the Iranian government.

Several former European and Arab ministers as well as former Canadian premier Stephen Harper were in attendance.

Giuliani, the former New York mayor who became a cyber security adviser in the White House before being named as Trump’s personal lawyer in April, was one of a long line of American conservative hawks to attend the gathering.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community. It fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq, where it enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The notorious group is responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and several officials after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

More than 12,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism.