He condemned Iranian meddling in the Middle East, which he cited as a major cause of trouble in the region. He also reminded the attendees that Iran was a major supporter of terrorist activity from religious extremists in the Sudan to the Japanese Red Army to Hamas in Palestine.
During the July 30 meeting between President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, and President of the Palestine Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, the pair condemned extremism and fundamentalism.
The meeting took place in Paris.
Hossein Sheikholeslam, an advisor to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said: “Mahmoud Abbas has had secret ties with terrorist groups and Israelis, and now these relations are being disclosed.”
This claim has been dismissed by Abbas’ people as nonsense.
Valiolla Nanvakenari, a member of the Iranian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, also criticised the meeting.
He said: “Backing the [MEK] terrorist group in any sort by any institution or country whatsoever runs counter to international norms and regulations and draws the Iranian people’s ire.”
Iran’s regime describes the MEK as a terrorist group, while the rest of the world does not. Iran is itself listed as the main state sponsor of terrorism by the United States and a number of its allies.