The EU foreign policy chief says the remarks delivered by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at a summit organized by the anti-Iran Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group do not represent the official position of the 27-nation bloc.
Josep Borrell made the comments in a statement to reporters on Monday, two days after Jansa —whose country holds the rotating EU Council presidency — made a controversial video address to the annual MKO meeting.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denounced the presence of Western politicians in the virtual event, saying they “sell themselves cheap for a Europe-hosted circus arranged by a once Saddam-backed terrorist cult with Iranian blood on its hands.”
Slovenian Ambassador to Tehran Christina Radi was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, where she was handed over an official letter of protest.
In the letter, Tehran voiced its vehement condemnation of the Slovenian premier’s move, while strongly rejecting all baseless allegations raised against the Islamic Republic during the meeting.
Radi was notified that Jansa’s participation in the virtual meeting organized by a terrorist group that is loathed by the great Iranian nation and his unrealistic and groundless remarks run counter to the diplomatic norms and to the spirit of bilateral relations.
The Slovenian ambassador was also reminded that supporting a terrorist group is in violation of the UN Charter, the internationally-recognized principles and the human rights values.