Member of Iran’s Parliament Ali Bakhtiar has hit out at the double-standard policies adopted by the US and some other Western countries vis-à-vis the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), saying Washington officials’ having links with kingpins of the anti-Iran group is a flagrant violation of international law.
In a Farsi interview with ICANA, the Iranian lawmaker touched upon a recent meeting between a top US senator and the MKO ringleader as well as Washington’s unflinching support for the terror group in recent years.
“The MKO is a notorious terror group on the international arena, and all countries admit that it has a dark track record and mercilessly killed Iranian as well as Iraqi people; but despite such a dark record, Americans have done all they could since the terror group was established to support it,” said Bakhtiar, who sits on the Parliament’s Judicial and Legal Commission.
“Of course, the US is not expected to act otherwise because, at the moment, it is regarded as the biggest supporter of terror groups in Syria and Iraq,” he added.
He criticized the US double standards, and said the White House, on the one hand, puts resistance groups such the Lebanese Hezbollah movement on the list of terrorist groups, and on the other, removes the MKO from the list. This is while resistance groups only defend their countries while MKO members have the blood of thousands of innocent people on their hands, he added.
This approach shows the US and its Western allies are using terrorism as a tool to advance their interests, Bakhtiar went on to say.
“The connection between the US and the MKO terrorist group will definitely have no result other than a new defeat for the country because Washington’s investment in a group which is politically and militarily bankrupt will bear no fruit,” said the parliament representative.
Under the current circumstances, he said, the only way for MKO members to survive is to submit to the United States, and they have made a lot of efforts in recent years to please their American masters.
US Senator John McCain recently sat down with MKO ringleader Maryam Rajavi in the Albanian capital, Tirana.
In the meeting where other MKO members were also present, Rajavi thanked McCain for Washington’s unwavering support for the terrorist group and moving them out of Iraq.
She also rehashed her baseless allegations and accusations against Iran, and said, “Regime change in Iran is a prerequisite to the establishment of peace and stability in the region and in the world.”