Iran denies US claim of al-Qaeda members presence in country

TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman urged US to share accurate information and provide coordinated international action against terrorist groups rather than making a sweeping generalization.

In response to a question on US recent claims over the presence of three blacklisted members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda in Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran's emphasis on its determination to confront the terrorist groups and has taken the necessary measures in line with relevant international commitments.

Ghasemi implicitly denied the claim by underlining that Iran does not have any knowledge of their presence in its territory.

He meanwhile advises the US government to avoid making a sweeping generalization and share accurate information to provide coordinated international action against terrorist groups.

On Wednesday, the United States said it has blacklisted three members of al-Qaeda- a 31-year-old Saudi national Faisal Jassim Mohammed al-Amri al-Khalidi, 48-year-old Egyptian national Yisra Muhammad Ibrahim Bayumi and Abu Bakr Muhammad Muhammad Ghumayn, 35- claiming that they are living in Iran and had helped the militant group on the battlefield, with finance and logistics, and in mediating with Iranian authorities.

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