The Belgain Senate welcomed Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran to its chambers late last week. The group is an umbrella coalition of which Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK) - which is baned in Iran and considered a terrorist group by the EU and U.S. - is an active member.
"We are not receiving you officially, but nonetheless with great interest in what you represent," said Senate president Anne-Marie Lizin upon greeting Rajavi. "I really respect the fight that you are waging, which is very hard. We hope that you will become someone of importance in your country," she added.
On Sunday, Belgium's ambassador to Iran was summoned by the Iranian foreign ministry in a sign of protest against the visit, said Belgian diplomatic spokesman Karel De Gucht. "We explained that in Belgium, there is a separation between powers and that the senators can issue invitations," he said.