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Kingdom offers no haven for Iran opposition group – Judeh

AMMAN (JT) – Jordan on Monday rejected as "utterly baseless. news reports that it has granted asylum to members of an Iranian opposition group.

The Kingdom did not receive any leader or member of Mujahedin-e Khalq, and does not allow the organisation to operate on Jordanian soil as claimed by Iranian news reports, Government Spokesperson Nasser Judeh said in remarks to the press.

Judeh expressed shock at such allegations as well as the media campaign targeting Jordan “with the aim of attacking the Kingdom and casting doubts on its stands”.

He added that such reports come despite efforts exerted by His Majesty King Abdullah to build brotherly relations between the two countries based on mutual respect and understanding.

Mujahedin-e Khalq, or the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, is an Islamic socialist organisation that advocates the overthrow of Iran’s government.

The group, which was harboured by the former Iraqi regime, is designated as a terrorist group by the US, Canada and the EU.

Jordan and Iran restored diplomatic ties in the early 1990s after the two states severed their relations in 1980 following the outbreak of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war.

The King paid an historic visit to Tehran in September 2003.

Jordan Times – 25 September 2007

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