Sali Berisha, the Albanian leader from 2005 to 2013, praised the ‘extraordinary and excellent’ community of Camp Liberty residents that he gave refuge to in the Mediterranean state a year ago.
Mr Berisha made the comments in a gathering of Iranians in Paris on June 27, adding: “Allow me to salute Madame Rajavi, and the opposition resistance of Iran. The strongest, the oldest opposition of our time fighting for freedom and dignity of its nation.
“I came with great pleasure today to be with you and to bring the greetings of your fellow citizens in Tirana, a small excellent community which one year ago left the camp of Liberty and came in our capital. You have to be proud of them.
“One year ago I was approached by your leaders, the US government, and your European friends, and they asked me to take a decision and I didn't hesitate to take a stand on human rights. But my concerns was whether this Iranian resistance will be happy in my country?
“And I can tell you and the world that they are an extraordinary, excellent community which enjoys the hospitality of my nation.
“I hope that the government of Albania takes more compatriots from Camp Liberty Camp. Let us take the initiative to your burden in Camp Liberty as soon as possible.”
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