Iraq assures Tehran on MKO, pilgrims and Iranian detainees
TEHRAN – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Saturday reiterated that his country will take legal action against Mojahedin Khalq Organization, provide the Iranian pilgrims with more facilities, and release the Iranian diplomats from illegal detention in Iraq.
He made the remarks in a meeting with Iran’s Foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran.
Maliki pointed out cementing ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran is his country’s priority in efforts to strengthen relations with regional countries.
Thus Iranian and Iraqi officials will willingly try to overcome any obstacles on the way, he added.
He insisted that the Iraqi government will enforce the laws in regard to the presence of terrorist groups in Iraq.
The Iraqi government took over the control of Camp Ashraf home to 3,500 MKO members on January 1, as part of a bilateral security deal between the U.S. and the country.
Iraqi officials will try to resolve the issue of Iranian detainees, he added.
U.S. forces broke into the Iranian consulate in Iraq’s Kurdish city of Arbil on Jan. 11, 2007, detaining three Iranian diplomats.
Mottaki hoped that the agreements between Tehran and Baghdad will pave the way for establishing comprehensive relations between the two countries