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raqi Media Fabricate Iranian Envoy’s Remarks about Attack on MKO Camp

12 Feb

Iraqi Media Fabricate Iranian Envoy’s Remarks about Attack on MKO Camp

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danayeefar dismissed Iraqi media reports that he has condemned the recent rocket attacks on the transient settlement facility of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), but at the same time said Iran opposes any move that undermines Iraq’s security.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran no way supports any move that harms Iraq’s security, but the reports on the condemnation of the attack on Camp Liberty by the Iranian embassy is a sheer lie,” Danayeefar told FNA on Tuesday.

He further said that the attack is part of the MKO’s efforts to portray itself as an oppressed community in a bid to return to Camp Ashraf, the group’s main training camp in Iraq’s Diyala province.

Media reports said that Katyusha rockets fired on the Camp Liberty near Baghdad have killed five members of the MKO (also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR). About 40 members of the terrorist group were wounded in Saturday’s attack, along with three Iraqi policemen.

The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.

The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution 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.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.

The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.

Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who argued for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.

The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations in early September, one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move. The decision made by Clinton enabled the group to have its assets under US jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with American entities, the State Department said in a statement at the time.

In September 2012, the last groups of the MKO terrorists left Camp Ashraf, their main training center in Iraq’s Diyala province. They have been transferred to Camp Liberty which lies Northeast of the Baghdad International Airport.

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Iranian, Libyan FMs Discuss Bilateral Ties over Phon

12 Feb

Iranian, Libyan FMs Discuss Bilateral Ties over Phone

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a telephone conversation with his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Abdel Aziz discussed the latest developments in the bilateral ties between the two Muslim nations.

During the phone talk on Tuesday, the two foreign ministers called for the removal of the obstacles hindering the mutual cooperation between Iran and Libya.

The Iranian foreign minister congratulated his Libyan counterpart and the Libyan nation on the occasion of the anniversary of the victory of the Libyan revolution against the former Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, in February 2011.

The Libyan foreign minister, for his part, congratulated the 34th anniversary of the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

Earlier this month in a meeting, the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission discussed the latest status of the ties between Iran and Libya.

During the commission’s special session also attended by Tehran’s ambassador to Tripoli and relevant officials from different Iranian ministries and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), participants discussed the latest conditions of the ties between Iran and Libya.

Following the session, Commission Rapporteur Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said that the Iranian ambassador had informed the parliament that the needed grounds for serious cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Libya are ready and the lawmakers expressed their views about grounds for the two Muslim states’ cooperation.

Hosseini noted that lawmakers and officials had common views on “the necessity to have a long-term outlook towards the relations with Libya.”

Hosseini said that the Iranian lawmakers also described the two countries’ capacities for economic, political and cultural ties as “very high”, and called for activating the Iranian and Libyan private sectors to boost their presence and interactions.

In October, Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, in a congratulation message to the newly elected Libyan Prime Minister, voiced Tehran’s readiness to share experiences with Tripoli to reconstruct the economic infrastructures of that country.

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Zalmai Rassoul Hails Iran’s Assistance to Afghan Reconstruction

12 Feb

Zalmai Rassoul Hails Iran’s Assistance to Afghan Reconstruction

TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran for its positive role in the establishment of security and the reconstruction of Afghanistan, and urged further expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries.

“Iran’s standing beside the Afghan nation and its support for their Jihad and also hosting millions of Afghan refugees show the profound friendship between the two countries and nations,” Rassoul said in a ceremony held at the venue of Tehran’s embassy in Kabul on Tuesday to mark the 34th anniversary of the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s aid and assistance to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and establishment of security in that country is another evidence of the intimate relationship between Tehran and Kabul.

“We hope to witness more extensive cultural, scientific and political relations between the two countries,” Rassoul said.

Iran is one of the most important donors to Afghanistan which has kept its promises to help to the reconstruction of the war-hit country.

The country has helped Afghanistan in upgrading its electricity system and half of Herat city’s electricity needs are supplied by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran has built some roads, power transmission lines, and border stations, among the other infrastructure projects which would better link the two nations.

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