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Zebari says Iraq government has decided to expel MKO from Iraq

Visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said here Wednesday evening " Iraq government has decided to expel members of the terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from the country."

In a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, Zebari said, " Iraq government has set up a committee to uphold the decision."

He said, "We have negotiated with several European countries to settle the expelled MKO members."

Concerning the sad event of detaining Iranian diplomats in Iraq, Jalal Sharafi, Zebari said a committee has been established to investigate the case from different aspects.


The outcome of investigation will introduce all those who were involved in the event, the Iraqi foreign minister added.


Responding to a question concerning kidnapped Iranian diplomats in Iraq, Zebari said, " our government will do its best to release the Iranians and we hope they can be freed soon and return to their families."

The Iraqi foreign minister also said, " We should not make a connection between freedom of Iranian diplomats and Iran’s participation in Sharm al-Sheikh conference."

Iran’s foreign minister responding to a question said, " Iraqi government is responsible for protection of kidnapped Iranian diplomats’ life."

Concerning Sharm al-Sheikh conference, Mottaki said, " There are certain ambiguities in this concern, but we are going to consider the case, especially after Mr. Zebari’s elaboration on the matter and we will declare our stance soon."


IRNA –  April 26,2007

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