MKO Meeting Reveals Riyadh’s Continued Hostilities toward Tehran: Lebanese Analyst
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Lebanese political analyst said a recent move by Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud to attend a gathering of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in Paris proved that the kingdom is resolved to continue its hostilities toward Iran.
“The presence of Turki Faisal in the MKO meeting practically conveyed a message to Tehran that Riyadh will continue pursuing its hostile policies against Iran,” Talal Atrissi, a Lebanese university professor and Middle East expert, told the Tasnim News Agency on Tuesday.
The policies are adopted before the eyes of the world and Saudi Arabia does not hide them, he said, adding that the move has a direct message for the Islamic Republic.
The analyst further shrugged off remarks made by the former Saudi spy chief about the collapse of the Iranian government by the MKO and said such words will have no practical effect because the terrorist group is deeply unpopular among the Iranian people and has done nothing, other than terrorist acts, over the past 30 years.
A number of Saudi officials and supporters of MKO, including Turki bin Faisal, attended the gathering of the terrorists in Paris on Saturday and made some remarks against Iran.
The MKO - listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community - fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.
The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.
More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.