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MKO must leave Iraq by 2012: senior Iraqi cleric
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altTEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Ammar Hakim, has said that the members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) based in Iraq must leave the country by the end of 2011. 

Hakim, who had travelled to Iran to attend the fifth meeting of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly, made the remarks during a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Abdul Karim Mousavi Ardebili in the holy city of Qom on Friday. 

Hakim also said that Tehran has announced the names of 100 MKO members who must stand trial if they return to Iran. 

Commenting on the formation of the government in Iraq, he stated that despite the pressure being exerted on the country, Baghdad could move through that crucial stage thanks to public support.  

He also said that the enemies of Iraq are incessantly making efforts to create stumbling blocks to the country. 

Elsewhere in his remarks, Hakim stated that the security situation in Iraq has improved and the Iraqi forces have become more equipped and are capable of identifying terrorists. 

And the death toll from terrorist attacks in Iraq has decreased, he added.  

He also said that efforts are underway to create understanding among various political groups in Iraq and to help them reach a consensus on internal and external issues.

On the developments occurring in certain regional countries, the ISC leader stated that Iraq is keeping a close eye on the events unfolding in the countries which have been experiencing pro-democracy uprisings and has made efforts to help stabilize the situation in Syria as well. 

Hakim also held separate meetings with a number of other grand ayatollahs based in Qom, including Lotfollah Safi Golpayegani, Nasser Makarem Shirazi, Hossein Nouri Hamedani, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Sadeq Hosseini Shirazi, Mohammad Javad Alavi Tabataba’i Boroujerdi, and Hossein Vahid Khorasani on Friday. 

Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, in his meeting with Hakim, said that various political groups in Iraq should put aside differences. 

In his meeting with Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, Hakim said it is necessary that all Iraqi officials stand by each other and make endeavors to serve the people.

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