On July 13, 2019, dignitaries from dozens of countries across the world attended the main event of the Free Iran 2019 international conference. The conference was part of the five-day Free Iran 2019 series of conferences at the main headquarters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Ashraf 3, Albania. Several dignitaries, political and human rights activists delivered speeches, issuing remarks about the struggles of the Iranian people and their resistance movement for freedom in their country.
Following are key remarks by former Member of Parliament of Norway Lars Rise at the Ashraf 3 conference.
Lars Rise :
Madame [Maryam] Rajavi and friends from Ashraf, a dream has come true. We are very honored
to be here and to see this miracle, this overwhelming experience to come here and come into like a historical city that looks like Rome or Athens, which it took thousands of years to build. But here within a few months, we have Ashraf 3. And it's fantastic for us to experience this, a modern city with all the facilities, buildings, but a city which will write history. We know that Ashraf 3 will forever be a historic city.
This is when I look at former Prime Minister and President Sali Berisha, his courage was the start of it completely. When all countries said no, thank you.
But it’s also because of the extraordinary leadership of Maryam Rajavi, her conviction, her commitment, her determination, and her perseverance. She is already operating as the leader of free Iran. She is thinking, I am in charge of the government here in Iran already. She’s the responsible leader, and she’s acting like she is in charge. And that means this will happen very soon. We have made great progress; Now it's a reverse situation where Iran is on the terror list, and MEK is completely off. The mullah regime is now struggling everywhere with the EU Commission, and of course, the firm stand of the U.S. government has been very helpful. So now the biggest money launderer in the world, Iran, is facing problems everywhere and slowly, slowly, having growing problems. We are very proud of the conviction and perseverance, and we know that this will be strongly rewarded.
Now the only thing left for the regime is lies. In all the capitals of Europe, all over the world, Iran is trying to impact journalists, politicians. But we know the truth will prevail. This movement stands for the truth completely. I have seen this through 20 years of commitment. And we know that the ground speaks, the truth will prevail, and our purpose is freedom (Azadi). Madame Rajavi is ready. We are ready. And we are encouraged about hearing this word so many times today, ready. We are ready. Hazer.