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British committee supports expulsion of Iranian regime diplomats from Albania

British Committee for Iran Freedom supports expelling Iranian regime diplomats from Albania
British Committee for Iran Freedom supports expelling Iranian regime diplomats from Albania

Reported by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Jan. 3, 2019 - Albanian authorities recently announced the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats due to their "involvement in activities that harm the country's security" and for "violating their diplomatic status."

Iranian regime’s ambassador to Albania Gholamhossein Mohammadnia was one of these diplomats.

“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 praising the measure, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reiterated the broader threat of Tehran’s foreign terrorism initiatives. “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.

With the campaign against the Iranian regime’s support of terrorism expanding across the globe, the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom has also issued a letter in support of Albania’s unprecedented measure.

“We applaud the decision by the Albanian government and the Prime Minister Edi Rama to expel Iran’s ambassador and another Iranian diplomat for plotting terrorist attacks in the country.

“The Albanian authorities arrested two Iranian operatives on charges of terrorism in Tirana in March this year, plotting a bombing against members of the Iranian opposition, PMOI/MEK, who have taken up residents in Albania.

Another Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, is today waiting prosecution in Belgium for his role in the foiled bombing attack against the gathering of the Iranian opposition movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in Paris on 30 June 2018.

Following a detailed investigation by the French intelligence services, the French government concluded in October that Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) was responsible for the June bombing in Paris and moved to seize assets belonging to the MOIS and two Iranian nationals, including the arrested diplomat, Assadollah Assadi.

A month later, the US Department of Justice announced the indictment of two Iranian nationals who “allegedly acting on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran by conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, and collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).”

The surge of terrorist activities and espionage by Iran’s regime against dissidents and the NCRI in 2018 comes amidst growing popular dissent and anti-regime protests in Iran, which senior Iranian officials blame on the opposition movement, the NCRI and the PMOI.

These foiled plots show that the Iranian government has taken a decision to use its embassies and diplomats to plan and carry out terrorist activities and espionage on European soil, especially against those who oppose the theocratic regime, in clear breach of international law.

The Albanian decision to expel Iranian diplomats sends the right message to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, that European countries will not accept such unacceptable and illegal behaviour by the regime.

The British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) calls on the UK government to publicly extend support to the Government of Albania and to work with other EU member states to thoroughly investigate and expose the danger of Iran's diplomatic missions supporting and engaging in terrorism in Europe, in particular against Iranian dissidents and pro-democracy activists. Those found involved in such act of state-sponsored terrorism by the regime in Iran must be prosecuted and expelled from European territories.

British Committee for Iran Freedom

20 December 2018




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