Sen. Marini: Dallier fell in MKO trap like many others

Head of the French parliamentary delegation that is on a visit to Tehran rejected reports about a member of the delegation, Senator Philippe Dallier’s support for the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), saying that Dallier had unwittingly attended an MKO meeting in Paris.

“I suppose Dallier fell in MKO trap like many others,” Senator Philippe Marini said, adding “we are well aware … how unpopular this group can be in Iran.”

On his participation in an MKO gathering in France a long time ago, Senator Dallier told Tasnim that he had no idea it was a rally staged by the terrorist group.

He said he once was invited to a rally in his constituency, a city near Paris, along with some other elected officials.

“All of a sudden, I realized I am sitting next to individuals from other countries. Actually, that day I went there, a general gathering, without any specific plans… At the end of the program I left and have had no contacts with the group ever since,” he said.

The MKO -- listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community -- fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq, fought on the side of Saddam Hussein during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88), and was given a camp by Saddam.

Senator Philippe Marini further said he and his colleagues have come to Iran for high-level talks with Iranian officials.

“This is a very important period for ties between Iran and France,” he said, expressing hope for a major boost in the two countries’ relations in 2014.