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Iran Summons Egypt Envoy over MPs’ Presence at MKO Meeting

14 July 2016 17:17

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Iran has summoned Egypt’s top envoy in Tehran to strongly protest against the attendance of Egyptian lawmakers at an annual rally of terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization.

An Iranian foreign ministry official called the presence of a group of Egyptian MPs at the so-called “National Council of Resistance in Iran” (NCRI) gathering in France on Saturday “a clear interference in our domestic affairs”.

Tehran accused the parliamentarians of supporting the terrorist group, which includes the former rebel People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK).

“Egyptian authorities are expected to adopt responsible and principled policies and take steps toward preserving peace and stability in the region,” the Iranian official said, quoted late Wednesday by the official IRNA news agency.

It did not identify the envoy but Egypt’s diplomatic mission in Tehran is headed by Khalid Emara.

Ibrahim Abdel Wahab, an Egyptian lawmaker and member of the foreign relations parliamentary committee, confirmed he had participated in the rally along with nine other Egyptian MPs and public figures.

Tehran broke off diplomatic relations with Cairo in 1980 a year after Iran’s Islamic revolution, in protest at Egypt’s signing of a peace treaty with the Zionist entity and hosting of the deposed shah.

Tehran has also summoned the French ambassador over the annual rally held at Le Bourget, near Paris.

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