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Iranian opposition president visits Albania earthquake victims

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 28, 2019Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NRCI), and a delegation from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEKvisited the residents of Manzë, western Albania, who had been struck by recent earthquakes in the country.

In the visit, which took place during the Christmas holidays, Mrs. Rajavi voiced her wishes for the speedy recovery of the wounded and expressed hope that the damages and suffering caused by the earthquake would rapidly end in the New Year.

Mr. Muharrem Sula, the mayor of Manzë, welcomed Mrs. Rajavi to his city and expressed his gratitude for the solidarity of the Iranian resistance and MEK members in Albania with the Albanian people. Mr. Sula also stressed that since the establishment of Ashraf 3, the new headquarters of the MEK in Albania, the Mojahedin have developed sincere relations with Albanian citizens in the area.

On November 26, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the western shores of Albania, killing more than 50 people and causing damage to buildings and roads.

Ashraf 3, founded in 2018, is in the vicinity of Manzë, one of the areas that were badly hit by the earthquake. In the weeks that followed the earthquake, groups of MEK members from Ashraf 3 joined the relief efforts in Manzë and Durres, Albania’s main port city.



Earlier in the week, Mrs. Rajavi attended Christmas Eve mass the Central Catholic Cathedral of Tirana, Saint Paul Metropolitan Archdiocese. The Archbishop George Anthony Frendo welcomed Mrs. Rajavi and extended his prayer for the Iranian people who are “oppressed, and enduring pain and suffering.”

Mrs. Rajavi offered the Archbishop the MEK’s book of martyrs, which contains the names of 20,000 MEK members murdered by the Iranian regime. “Today, the people of Iran are paying the heaviest possible price in their struggle to rid Iran of the religious fascism ruling the country, so that in tomorrow’s Iran all citizens from all convictions and creeds, and from all ethnicities would be able to co-exist in freedom and equality,” Mrs. Rajavi said.