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Zebari says Iraq government has decided to expel MKO terrorist group from Iraq

Tehran, April 26, IRNA - Visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in Tehran Wednesday evening " Iraq government has decided to expel members of the terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from the country."

In a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, Zebari said, " Iraq government has set up a committee to uphold the decision."

He said, "We have negotiated with several European countries to settle the expelled MKO members."

Concerning the sad event of detaining Iranian diplomats in Iraq, Jalal Sharafi, Zebari said a committee has been established to investigate the case from different aspects.

The outcome of investigation will introduce all those who were involved in the event, the Iraqi foreign minister added.


In response to a question on Iranian diplomats that have been taken hostage by occupying US forces, he said, "The Iraqi Government has done all its best for release of the kidnapped Iranian diplomats in Iraq, and will keep on doing so till their release."

He added, "We hope they would soon be freed and return to Iran to their families."

The Iranian Foreign Minister also pointed out that Tehran has launched efforts through various channels aimed at freeing the Iranian diplomats that have been taken hostage by US forces.

Zebari added, "Efforts aimed at releasing the Iranian diplomats from US detention are still going on our part, but unfortunately the Iraqi Government cannot give any guarantees in that respect." He emphasized, "We agree with Mr. Mottaki on the point that the Iraqi Government is responsible for the release of the Iranian diplomats."

He all the same stressed, "Release of the Iranian diplomats should ot be an obstacle for presence of Iran at Sharm al-Sheikh Conference."

Iran's stand on presence in Sharm al-Sheikh to be announced soon

Al-Jazeera TV reporter asked the Iraqi Foreign Minister whether he was pleased with outcome of his talks with his Iranian counterpart.

Zebari replied, "Al-Jazeera TV does not favor the settling of differences of opinions!"

He added, "We are now at the beginning of a long path, having ended my first round of talks with my Iranian counterpart, and there are other rounds ahead. Ambiguities in Iran's mind about the time, place, and general status of Sharm al-Sheikh Conference need to be resolved."

The Iraqi FM said, "I have informed the Iranian officials about the entire details of the conference."

Concerning Sharm al-Sheikh conference, Iranian FM said, "There are certain ambiguities in this concern, but we are going to consider the case, especially after Mr. Zebari's elaboration on the matter and we will declare our stance soon."

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