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 Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps General James Conway at the Ashraf 3 conference.
General James Conway:
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My good friend George Casey talked some about the past. I'd like to talk about the future. And the phrase or the concept that I want to discuss with you is called set the conditions for success. The United States military, any time we undertake a major operation or a major undertaking, we attempt to set the conditions for success to ensure we will have mission accomplishment. I would first like to address those people here from the nations, anyone who is sitting behind a name tag, I would say thank you. Obviously, you're an important person in your country. You're here because you're lending your personal support to the cause. But I want to ask you to do more. I want to ask you that when you go home, you be ready to set the conditions for success. For the next time, the young people of Iran go to the streets. I would ask you to use your influence, your name, your positions, to ensure that your government responds quickly in an endorsement to those young people who are potentially sacrificing their lives. I'm absolutely convinced that the regime feels very stressed, and if anything, they will be more violent than ever before when they have the uprisings in the streets. And those young people will be checking their devices twice a day to see which nations have expressed their support. So it's absolutely critical in my mind. In fact, you may be saving lives by helping to influence your government to support those young people and the cause.
The world will be a much better place with a free Iran. Thank you.