Iraqi Government spokesman: The interim government is totally against MKO presence in the country on account of the tension they cause in Iraq's relations with the neighboring Iran
The Iraqi government spokesman here Wednesday expressed Prime Minister Ayad al-Alawi's interest to visit Iran and said that he has not so far received any invitation from Iranian officials.
Talking to IRNA, he added that al-Alawi has received invitation letters from various Persian Gulf countries and several European states.
Turning to the Iraqi premier's official letter dispatched to President Mohammad Khatami two days ago, he said that in his letter, Al-Alawi has called for expansion of cooperation with Iran.
He further referred to similar letters to the heads of Iraq's neighboring countries and noted that al-Alawi is still interested in collaboration with Iran to control the common borders and stop the abusive measures adopted by groups set to cause insecurity in the country.
Concerning the fate of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) members in Iraq following the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi government on June 30, he said that their presence in the country is one of the issues to be examined by the future government in coordination with the multinational forces.
"The interim government is totally against MKO presence in the country on account of the tension they cause in Iraq's relations with the neighboring Iran," he added.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called for tougher measures against the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group by the European Union...