Iran summons British envoy over MKO
Iran summons the British ambassador to protest the removal of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from the list of terrorist groups.
In a meeting with British ambassador to Tehran Geoffrey Adams, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European affairs Mehdi Safari condemned a British court decision, which ruled in favor of the MKO.
Citing the MKO’s hostile measures taken against Iranian officials and the nation, Safari said removing the group from a list of proscribed terrorist organizations is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘politically motivated’.
The Iranian official advised the British government to act against the implementation of the verdict to avoid the serious effects the judgment will have on Tehran-London relations.
"The British appeal court’s ruling would only prove the UK government’s double standard policy regarding the issue of terrorism," said the Iranian official.
He also asserted that such measures were not appropriate for a European government that claims it fights terrorism.
Adams, for his part, said the British government still regarded the group as a terrorist organization but added that he would convey Tehran’s protest to London.
Referring to remarks by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on the issue, Adams said the MKO is responsible for a series of vile acts of terrorism and that the British government had no plans to change its position regarding them.
Press TV, May 12, 2008