|U.S. seeking to relocate MKO members to Romania: report||
TEHRAN – The United States is making efforts to move several thousand members of an anti-Iranian organization from Iraq to Romania, the Voice of Russia reported on Friday.
"If the Romanian leaders have certain doubts, and they will certainly question the correctness of the decision, then they should stiffly oppose the move. The organization acts against Iran, Tehran sees it as terrorist, Mojahedin Khalq is known for numerous terrorist attacks and life attempts. Besides, the U.S. plan is at variance with the recent trend towards improving relations between Washington and Tehran,” says Boris Dolgov, a Russian expert in oriental studies.
According to the report, the U.S. attempts have proved futile so far. The U.S. sees Romania as an important nation in terms of its geopolitical interests and has been patronizing Bucharest throughout the post-Soviet period. But the pay Washington has demanded seems clearly excessive.
Yet, when the U.S. State Secretary John Kerry met with his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean in Brussels in December, they took up the issue of moving the Mojahedin in question to Romania, according to some reports.
A year earlier, Germany and Albania said they were prepared to accommodate some members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO). But the organization chiefs insist on a compact settlement of all three thousand members, who are currently making their home at a U.S. military base in Iraq. But the Albanian and German authorities see this as too dangerous.
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