The Washington Post echoes the cancellation of the Iranian opposition summit in Albania
The Washington Post has written an article about the cancellation of the Iranian opposition summit in Albania due to terrorist threats.
The Washington Post reports that a statement from the camp states that the summit has been postponed until further notice with recommendations from the Albanian government, for security reasons and due to threats and terrorist attacks.
We recall that the Iranian dissidents in Albania announced on Friday that they had canceled a summit that had been announced to be held on July 23-24, after a warning from the American embassy in Tirana, about a possible terrorist threat.
About 3,000 Iranian dissidents from the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, known as the MEK, live in Camp Ashraf 3 in Manez, 30 kilometers west of the capital Tirana.
They had planned to hold the Free Iran World Summit in their camp, with the participation of US senators and congressmen and other former personalities from Western countries, to call on the Biden administration to adopt a decisive policy against the Tehran regime. .
Albanian authorities did not respond to questions about the threat, while the US Embassy in Tirana warned its citizens that it was aware of a possible threat targeting the Free Iran World Summit, and thus urged them to avoid the event. .
Shahin Gobadi, the Iranians’ Paris-based spokesman, also mentioned “the plot to bomb the grand rally of Free Iran on June 30, 2018, in Paris by one of its active diplomats, Assadollah Assadi.”
Last year Assad was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Belgium for organizing a bomb attack against the Iranian opposition group in France.
Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) began as a Marxist group opposed to the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. This group supported the Islamic Revolution of 1979, but after a clash with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini turned against his clerical government, carrying out a series of assassinations and bombings in the Islamic Republic.
The MEK later fled to Iraq and supported dictator Saddam Hussein during his bloody eight-year war with Iran in the 1980s, leading many in Iran to oppose the group.
Although now largely based in Albania, the group claims to operate a network inside Iran./Rhewal