Iran summons EU envoys to protest opposition group action

Iran summoned ambassadors of the EU to protest against an EU decision to remove an exiled Iranian group from a list of banned terrorist organisations.

Iran summons EU envoys to protest opposition group action

Iran summoned ambassadors of the European Union on Wednesday to protest against an EU decision to remove an exiled Iranian opposition group from a list of banned terrorist organisations, the official IRNA news agency reported.

On Jan. 26, foreign ministers of the 27-nation EU approved removing the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) from the list. The decision follows a number of EU court rulings against its seven-year inclusion on the blacklist.

Iran, which accuses the group of terrorist activities, has condemned the move.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the double standards of the European Union regarding the phenomenon of terrorism," Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari told the ambassadors who were summoned to the ministry.

An EU diplomat confirmed his and other envoys were summoned.

Safari described the EU move as "a political and unacceptable action and expressed his deep regret that some of these EU countries had separated their path from the international community in fighting terrorism", IRNA reported.

The PMOI began as a leftist-Islamist opposition to the late shah of Iran and has bases in Iraq. Shortly after the 1979 revolution that toppled the shah, it fell out with the clerical establishment that now rules the Islamic Republic.

Reuters

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