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The symposium will be moderated by Patrick Kennedy, a former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts who lends the prestige of the Kennedy name to the former rebels of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran.

Despite the State Department calling the Mujahedeen a terrorist organization, the group has won support across the political spectrum in the U.S., where advocates want the Obama administration to follow Britain, France and the European Union and remove them from the terrorist blacklist.

“This is a bipartisan issue. From Bolton to Dean, from Dana Rohrabacher to Sheila Jackson Lee,” said Ali Safavi, president of the Near East Policy Research consulting firm.

Mr. Safavi was referring to former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a conservative, and Howard Dean, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Rohrabacher is a conservative California Republican, and Mrs. Lee is a liberal Texas Democrat.

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