In its article, Kayhan entitled “They humiliated and received awards” wrote, “The remarks of the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, in the gathering of MEK-which was held in Paris one day after Zarif’s travel to France, signifies France’s intention to humiliate our country.”
Shariatmadari writes, “Bernard Kouchner in MEK’s Gathering in Paris states that, ‘The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs came to France and was welcomed yesterday. I do not want to put the blame on the French Foreign Minister, Mr. Jean-Yves. We are an old republic and we can welcome and accept everyone in our country on this basis. However, it is better to do the right things at the right time. In my opinion, welcoming Zarif, the day before this gathering was not a good thing. Nevertheless, we are very happy and proud as the government did not release a general statement about Mr.Zarif’s travel.'”
According to the state-run Kayhan Newspaper, Kouchner’s remarks explicitly shows that the French government refused to issue a statement or release news regarding Zarif’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron in order to humiliate the Iran regime.
Khamenei’s affiliate and the member of the regime’s Expediency Council, Haddad-Adel also reacted to the Gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris, stating that, “France cannot claim to fight terrorism while it hosts the Mujahedins. The Government shall take effective measures in this case.”
Haddad-Adel In an interview with Tasnim News, affiliated with the terrorist Qods Force, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, stated, “We believe that the government should protest strongly to France in this regard.”
The Iranian MP, Karimi-Ghodousi, on Wednesday, June 5 slammed Zarif for traveling to France in the wake of the Iranian Resistance’s Gathering. He stated, “Why does the Foreign Minister travel to Paris while the MEK holds gathering in this city at the same time. In my opinion, he visits officials without considering the rules of the Islamic Republic. The Elysees Palace does not even allow our national media to prepare news, photos, and films whereas we are witnessing the gathering of MEK. Does Mr. Zarif know that such gathering has been prepared and held?”
He further added, “It is noteworthy that such gathering in Paris was not a popular event. Therefore, we have to pose a serious question to the Minister of Intelligence whether the intelligence system was aware of the event or not. Why do they refuse to tell the news? The experts of the Ministry of Intelligence should inform about MEK and their preparations when Zarif goes to France, and if he wants to go there, he has to be well-prepared. What kind of diplomacy do we have?”
In a reaction to the grand gathering of Iranian Resistance, an expert of Iranian regime’s foreign ministry demanded review of relations and cutting off ties with France.
In an interview with Iranian state-run media, Hassan Hanizadeh said: MEK (The People’s Mojahedin of Iran) gathering in Paris was held at a time when Mr. Zarif (Iranian regime foreign minister) was in a meeting negotiating with French officials and this is considered an insult to Iranian people (i.e. an insult to Iranian regime) by France. Mr Zarif should have reacted to this insult but he restrained and the French government seems to be exploiting Iran’s restraint.”
“In the first step, the Islamic Republic should announce its protest and, if necessary, even consider the issue of interrupting relations with Paris,” he added.
The regime’s expert in political affairs assessed the approach of the French government towards the Iranian regime as non-transparent and hypothetical and said: “On the one hand, the French government tries to maintain its economic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran and, on the other hand, leaves the field open to the Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK).
He showed his anger at the Iranian Resistance gathering and said: “Iranian regime should ask the French authorities to hand over some elements of Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK).”
Hanizadeh also expressed his anger at the expansion of the international activities of Iranian Resistance and Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) and said: “Now, France has become the focal point of MEK’s activities, and the Islamic Republic must take a decisive decision against the falsification and blackmail by Paris and demand the expulsion of Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) from the French soil.