Following the recent meeting between Ahmad Jarba, head of the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) and MKO head Maryam Rajavi in Paris where Jarba called the terrorist Mujahedin khalq as brothers, the turnout was far from what both sides expected.
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian slammed the visit in what Mahan Abedin an analyst of Iranian politics calls" a dismissive reaction”." Jarba does not know who to meet in his foreign meetings”, Amir-Abdollahian said.
“In our opinion, when it comes to politics, Ahmad Jarba is a weak person … he is the most inappropriate person for the future of Syria,” the Iranian official stated.
Mahan Abedin, describes the MKO, as" formerly proscribed as a terrorist organization by the West and widely reviled by Iranians on account of the group’s two-decades old alliance with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussei," and its leader as "a self-appointed president-elect of the Iranian resistance".
"By meeting Rajavi, whose group has killed over 17,000 Iranians since 1981, the Syrian opposition has sent an unmistakable message of ill-will and hostility to Tehran," Abedin suggests." The meeting is also being interpreted as a sign of desperation on the part of the Syrian opposition who have been reduced to engaging with a discredited and exiled Iranian organization."
According to a report by the Iranian newspaper Jomhouri e Eslami , Jarba has found out his wrong approach regarding the MKO as a terrorist cult with a dark background of terror acts, violence and cult-like behavior. "The MKO deceived us" Jarba said.
To answer why he met Maryam Rajavi he said, "We had no idea that they were the so-called mujahedin. We were told that they were National Council of Resistance, just like the Syrian National Council; we realized it right now, now that our American and French friends told us that we were duped."
Ultimately, the whole story demonstrates the opportunistic substance of terrorist in any form. However, as we know the meeting was held under the request of the MKO representatives who had visited the Syrian opposition figures a few days earlier. While both sides expected a beneficial mutual relationship, the final meeting between the two self-claimed presidents sounds to be a lose-lose game.