Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to demand action against a terrorist Iranian opposition group he accused of fomenting ongoing protests.
“We criticize the fact that a terrorist group has a base in France and acts against the Iranian people… and we await action from the French government against this terrorist group,” Rouhani told Macron in a phone call, according to Iranian people.
He was referring to an exiled Iranian opposition group based in Paris and called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, according to reports.
The two presidents meanwhile, exchanged views on different bilateral, regional and international issues.
According to the official website of the Iranian president, Rouhani congratulated him and the French government and people on the New Year and expressed hope to witness closer ties and friendly relations between the two countries in all fields of mutual interest.
As regards Iran’s presence in anti-terror measures in neighboring Iraq and Syria, Rouhani said, “Our presence in Iraq and Syria has been based on the official invitation of the governments of these countries and to fight terrorism.”
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s key policy is based on development of peace and stability and strengthening of stability in the region, Rouhani noted.
For his part, Macron also pointed out that France was fully committed to implementation of the JCPOA, and believed it to be in the interest of international peace and stability, and stressed the need for continued talks and consultations to promote stability and peace in the region and end the unrest in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
“The logic calling Iran as the Axis of Evil is the reason for regional tensions,” said Macron, adding, “We need to work harder to develop cooperation and consultation in order to promote and consolidate peace and stability in the region”