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Albania expels Iranian diplomats with terrorist links

Albanian foreign ministry
Albanian foreign ministry

Reported by PMOI/MEK


Albania, Dec. 20, 2018 - On Wednesday, Albanian authorities declared that they had expelled two Iranian diplomats because of their "involvement in activities that harm the country's security" and for "violating their diplomatic status."

One of those diplomats was the Iranian regime’s ambassador to Albania Gholamhossein Mohammadnia.

“Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania just expelled the Iranian ambassador, signaling to Iran’s leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated,” the U.S. President’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, tweeted. “We stand with PM Rama and the Albanian people as they stand up to Iran’s reckless behavior in Europe and across the globe.”

While commending the move, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reminded the broader threat of Tehran’s foreign terrorism. “European nations have thwarted three Iranian plots this year alone. The world must stand together to sanction Iran’s regime until it changes its destructive behavior,” Pompeo tweeted.

The Iranian opposition has been warning about the Iranian regime’s uptick in terrorist activities since the turn of the year. On Saturday, an international conference hosted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) called on the international community to take a firm stance toward the Iranian regime’s intensifying global terrorism.

“All of Iran’s wealth is being spent on terrorism and terror groups and all the while the Iranian people are in the worst possible economic conditions,” former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who spoke at the event, said. The Iranian embassy in Albania has doubled its size, Kennedy warned, adding all of Iran’s embassies in Europe are involved in terrorism.

“The Iranian regime is very active in Albania, especially in malign measures,” said former Albanian defense minister Fatmir Mediu at the conference. “Tehran is spreading lies, especially through its embassy in Tirana. The more they adopt such measures, the more they prove how terrified they are of [PMOI/MEK].”

In the past year, the Iranian regime has made several terrorist attempts against the Iranian opposition and dissidents abroad. In March, Albanian authorities foiled a bombing plot against the New Year celebration of PMOI/MEK members in Tirana, Albania’s capital.

In June, European authorities stopped another bombing plot, this time against the annual gathering of Iranian dissidents and NCRI supporters in Paris, France. Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat based in Vienna, Austria, was directly involved in the plot and had personally delivered explosives to the hit team. Assadi was subsequently extradited to Belgium, where he is being tried for his crimes.

In August, U.S. authorities arrested two individuals who were spying on MEK members on behalf of the Iranian regime.

In October, Danish authorities declared they had discovered another terrorist plot by the Iranian regime that was aimed at Arab dissidents.

Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, the expelled Iranian ambassador to Albania, is a well-known agent of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). He was appointed to the regime’s embassy in Tirana shortly after MEK members were relocated from Iraq to Albania.