British official?s meeting with separatist leader unjustifiable: MP
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Kazem Jalali, the member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, blasted on Tuesday a meeting between the British Foreign Minister Jack Straw and the leader of a separatist group in Khuzestan province.
Since the British government has diplomatic relations with Tehran with regard to country?s nuclear issue, it is completely unreasonable that British officials meet or hold talks with groups that claim to overthrow the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jalali told the Mehr News Agency.
?The Iranian parliament and foreign ministry should follow the issue and the British government and Mr. Straw in particular should stand accountable,? he commented.
Referring to Straw?s recent denial of the report, the MP stressed that the parliament has received valid information that the meeting had taken place.
The outbreak of ethnic tension came in Ahvaz, near the border with Iraq, after a forged letter was distributed in Khuzestan province calling on the president to relocate Arabs. The letter was supposedly signed by former president adviser Mohammad Ali Abtahi.
Arabs form three percent of the Iranian nation.