Belgium Foreign Minister remarks on the issue of MKO

Visiting Belgian Foreign Minister Karl De Gusht said here Saturday evening that Belgium has allocated half a million euros to finance the UN anti-drug campaign and fight against organized crimes project in Iran.

In a ceremony to receive released Belgian hostage here, De Gusht said, "The donation is as a sign of appreciation to Iran and campaign against drug-trafficking."

He added, "In this case, we learn how to work together and this issue will have a very good effect on future relations between the two countries."

"I would like to convey Belgian government’s appreciation to Iran’s extraordinary and tireless efforts to release Stefaan Boeve." The Belgian foreign minister underlined that freedom of Belgian hostages brought us an opportunity to discuss deepening ties with Iran in matters like international and regional problems, nuclear issues, human rights and also receiving a court order for an Iranian father to meet with his child in Belgium and other issues.

Answering a question concerning terrorism and presence of MKO members in Belgium, De Gusht said, "Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) is in terrorist list of the EU and I criticized Senate for holding a meeting between ringleader Maryam Rajavi and the former Senate speaker and I called it "unacceptable".

The Belgian foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Saturday evening to hold talks with Iranian officials on ways to upgrade Tehran-Brussels economic cooperation and the Iranian nuclear program.

 

Tehran, Sept 16, IRNA

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