The State Department on Wednesday urged Iraq to continue its efforts to address humanitarian concerns raised by Iranian dissidents at a camp near Baghdad.
The Iraqi government has “made considerable efforts to achieve a peaceful and secure resolution for the residents of Camp Ashraf, and we urge continued steps to address humanitarian concerns raised at [Camp Liberty] by the residents,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has close ties to Iran, has sought to shut Camp Ashraf.
Ms. Nuland welcomed the safe arrival of the new convoy of Iranians at Camp Liberty, saying the U.S. is “encouraged by this resumption of cooperation by the Ashraf residents in the relocation process.”
She called on Camp Ashraf’s leaders to continue cooperating with “the expeditious relocation” of the remaining residents.
The U.S. is committed to working toward the resolution of humanitarian issues at Camp Liberty, including sustainable means for the continued supply of water and electricity, she said.
She reiterated a U.S. commitment to the safety and security of the Iranians throughout the relocation process.
Meanwhile, Camp Ashraf residents said they were attacked Monday by Iraqi security forces and 20 residents were injured.
The U.S. listed the MeK as a foreign terror group in 1997. A U.S. appeals court in June ordered Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to decide within four months on removing the MeK from the list.