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Presence of MKO members in Iraq illegal: Iraqi president

Baghdad, March 2, IRNA - Based on the new constitution of Iraq, presence of members of the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) in Iraq is illegal and forbidden, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Sunday.

Note: The armed group Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO), also called Mujahideen e Khalq (MEK), along with its political arm, the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), is listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organisation.

President Talabani made the remarks while speaking at a joint press conference with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who arrived in Baghdad Sunday morning on a historic visit to Iraq by an Iranian president after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

President Talabani stressed that the government of Iraq has "made some arrangements" about the issue related to the remaining members of the terrorist organization in Iraq.

The Iraqi president did not give any further explanation in this regard.

In late February, Iraq's Ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Majeed al-Sheikh said that the presence of members of the terrorist organization in Iraq is not permanent.

"The MKO members have been staying in Iraq before the Saddam Hussein regime was toppled," he said, adding the necessary measures have been taken to expel them.

The ambassador stressed Baghdad's dissatisfaction with the presence of the remaining MKO members in Iraq.

Meanwhile, commenting on the same issue, President Ahmadinejad asked ironically, "Are they still in Iraq?"


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