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18:43 | 2010-01-11

Foriegn Policy

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Palestinian Envoy Called to FM

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Palestinian charge d'affaires to voice Tehran's protest against the release of insulting remarks of an Iranian opposition ringleader on the website of the Palestinian Authority.

Mohammad Johir was called to the meeting to explain why the Palestinian Authority has released the text of an insulting speech by Maryam Rajavi, ringleader of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), against Iran on one of the PA-affiliated websites.

"The MKO has been recognized as a terrorist group on international scene and the move accounted for a new phase of cooperation with the group," Head of the Foreign Ministry's Middle-East Department Gazanfar Roknabadi said at the meeting.

For his part, Mohammad Johir, who was summoned to the ministry in absence of the Palestinian ambassador to Tehran, expressed regret over the incident, and called for expansion of relations with Iran.

"Undoubtedly, some people who do not tolerate expansion of ties between Iran and Palestine are seeking to disrupt the relations," Johir explained.

He said that he would inform his country's officials of Iran's protest at the earliest.

The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.

The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).

The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.