By Jubin Katiraie
A senior delegation from the United States Senate met with Maryam Rajavi, in the Albanian capital, Tirana, on Saturday and discussed the situation of the members of Iranian opposition in Albania and the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East.
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt of Missori, Vice President of the Republican Conference; the Majority Whip Senator John Cornyn, and Thom Tillis, a member of the Armed Services, Judiciary, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs committees were among the members of delegation.
Senator Blunt who led the delegation initiated the meeting that was held at one the centers the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Tirana, the capital of Albania.
The delegation congratulated the safe and secure relocation of former Camp Liberty residents to outside of Iraq and wished them success in their struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran.
Senator Blunt, who had undertaken extensive efforts to ensure the security of MEK members in Camp Liberty, Iraq, and their transfer outside that country in previous years, described the relocation as a major victory for the Iranian people and Resistance.
He also lauded the efforts of Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the Iranian Resistance for the success of this major mission.
A statement by the NCRI stated that: Maryam Rajavi thanked the Senators for their decisive position vis-à-vis the Iranian regime, especially the adoption of a new resolution which imposed sanctions on the clerical regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for human rights abuses, the ballistic missile program, and the export of terrorism.
She expressed gratitude for the efforts of the U.S. Senate, particularly Senator Blunt, regarding the protection of thousands of MEK members in Camp Liberty, Iraq, and their safe relocation to Albania.
Maryam Rajavi emphasized that contrary to the propaganda by the Iranian regime’s apologists, the ruling theocracy was rotten to the core and very fragile. Without foreign support, especially the policy of appeasement pursued in the U.S. and Europe, it would not have survived so long, the NCRI statement said.
Rajavi added that regime change in Iran is necessary and within reach because a viable and democratic alternative exists. She said equating regime change by the Iranian people for democracy with war and instability in the region is a sheer lie, the source of which is the Iranian regime’s lobby in western capitals. They demagogically turn the truth on its head, she noted, adding that the overthrow of the Tehran regime was a prerequisite to ending crisis and war in the Middle East.
Maryam Rajavi underscored the need for imposing comprehensive sanctions on the Iranian regime’s banking and oil sector, expelling the IRGC and its affiliated militias from Syria, Iraq, and other regional countries, taking urgent steps to punish the regime for widespread political executions, especially the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate this major crime against humanity with the aim of bringing to justice the perpetrators, and recognizing the aspirations of the Iranian people and Resistance to overthrow the ruling religious tyranny and to establish freedom and democracy, and a republic based on the separation of religion and state, gender equality, and a non-nuclear Iran, the statement said.