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Majlis security committee protests Britain's support for MKO

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian lawmakers have demanded the government to review its relations with Britain after London removed Mujahedin Khalq Organization from the terrorist blacklist.

In a meeting with Iran's ambassador to London Rassul Movahedian, the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee strongly condemned Britain's support for the MKO, the largest armed Iranian dissident group.

"Britain's decision on the MKO is a step toward supporting terrorism and promoting terrorist acts in the region," the MPs stated.

MKO is designated as a terrorist group by the European Union and the U.S. State Department.

The Mujahedin Khalq was set up in the mid-1960s to oppose the U.S.-backed dictatorship of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. It participated in the 1979 Islamic Revolution but soon launched a campaign of assassinations and bombings in Iran.

The MKO was supported by Saddam Hussein's regime in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war but was disarmed after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The lawmakers also criticized Britain's failure to curb drug cultivation in Afghanistan.

"Drug cultivation in Afghanistan has multiplied while Britain is responsible for controlling drugs in the country, therefore it should be held accountable for rampant drug cultivation in the country."

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