Prime Minister Edi Rama: Albania Has Acted Firmly Against Iran Regime’s Illicit Activities
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2019
In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 27, 2019, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama highlighted the Iranian regime’s illegal and destabilizing activities including its plots against members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) who reside in Ashraf 3, Albania.
Prime Minister Rama told the UN General Assembly: “Albania is particularly concerned by Iran's destabilizing behavior in the Middle East but also often disruptive activities in relation to the Iranian opposition community who have generously been hosted in our country after having been subject to despicable massacres elsewhere.”
Prime Minister Rama pointed out: “We had to react firmly to a number of Iran's illicit activities against our national security interests.”
“We stand firm on the side of the countries that have been hurt by such activities both on the sea and in their land,” he added.
PM @ediramaal: Albania has acted against Iran's illegal activities against its national security interests, inc. its plots against dissident MEK members. Albania stands with states that have been victims of Iranian aggression at land & sea.@USAmbUN @UKUN_NewYork @besiana_kadare pic.twitter.com/X2paiscnvV— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) September 27, 2019
On September 13, 2019, Albania’s President, Ilir Meta, visited Ashraf 3, home to MEK members in Albania.
MEK members warmly welcomed the Albanian President. Mr. Fatmir Mediu, chairman of the Albanian Republican Party as well as the President’s National Security Adviser accompanied the President.
During this visit, President Meta met and held talks with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and toured the exhibition on 120 years of struggle for freedom in Iran in Ashraf 3.
During a meeting with MEK members, President Meta said, “I had no idea about the extent of your sacrifice and the genocide you and your supporter have endured. Having the possibility to see so many people, women and children, massacred was shocking.”
“This was also indication of a widespread movement inside Iran and showed how tyrannical the regime is. This is really bad not only for the people of Iran but also for regional and global peace and stability…I was very impressed with the Ten-point Plan of Mrs. Rajavi because it is based on fundamental freedoms and will guarantee prosperity and democracy for the Iranian people. All of us here in Albania are united in our support for your efforts and determination,” President Meta underscored.
Mrs. Rajavi welcomed President Meta and said that Iranian people will never forget Albania’s hospitality afforded to Iran’s combatants of freedom and that this gesture will be recorded in the history of relations between the two countries. She added that in virtue of its decisiveness vis-à-vis the clerical regime, reflected in the expulsion of the regime’s ambassador for involvement in terrorism, Albania serves as a role model for other countries.