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'Ideology embraces terrorism as a tool of stagecraft'

Thank you very much for having me to speak to you today. First, let me compliment Mrs. Rajavi on that powerful address. It is also incredibly impressive the way that the organizers have brought together so many people from so many different locations in a very interconnected way.

'Mutual respect and understanding' in Ashraf 3

The extensive presence of international dignitaries in this gathering shows global attention to the Iranian Resistance. I also join to express my support for the Iranian people's struggle for freedom and democracy. We, in Albania, are hosting the Mojahedin-e Khalq, as is the Albanian tradition of opening our door to people whose lives are in danger.

'You are our brothers and sisters'

As a representative of the Iranian-Albanian Association, I would like to emphasize that there are thousands of Ashrafs in Albania. You have support not only in Albania, but the entire international community.

'Eradicate this deviant policy from its roots'

Let me extend my greetings and gratitude to the free people of Iran and to the National Council of Resistance and the combatant lady, Maryam Rajavi, and to the participants of today's program. On this occasion, I would like to speak about the continuation of the clear and impudent meddling of the Iranian regime, which is done aggressively in the region.

'Regime falls from the bottom up'

Madame Maryam Rajavi, first of all, let me congratulate you on the remarkable historic achievement on Friday of the virtual conference that you held. It was well over 100 countries, over 30,000 locations, millions of people participated.

'We should not be silent'

The hatred against the members of the resistance and the MEK is manifested into criminal acts against those who oppose the regime. It must stop. We should not be silent, especially the human rights activists. We call on everyone to speak up. It is time to fight for true democracy in the world and in Iran.

No more 'silencing opponents [and] shackling free speech'

Let me start by saying how heartbreaking it is to see Iran in the midst of its second wave of coronavirus infections. For the Iranian people to fight against the pandemic, as well as coping with such an oppressive regime, is an incredible burden to bear.

Overthrow 'policy of hatred'

Let me start by thanking the Albanian government, thanking the Albanian people, for their courage in playing host to the PMOI inside Albania. Thank you also for your decisive action against the terrorist Iranians in expelling their ambassador and first secretary. I would ask you now in one final thing, please close the embassy in Tirana and get rid of these agents of terror.

Oppressive regime deserves sanctions

Friends, it's great to be with you today, united in the effort to support a free Iran. We need an Iran that supports the Iranian people, not one that supports the initiatives of tyrants, of radical Islam, and of clerics who don't value human rights or the dignity of human beings.

'The light of the truth can't be destroyed'

Some outlets try to hide the truth, but they can't do it because the light of the truth can't be destroyed. We declare our solidarity with you, support the brave actions of the Albanian government to support the Iranian Resistance, and condemn the terrorist activities of Iranian regime diplomats. These actions deserve the expelling of regime authorities from our country. I express my solidarity with this conference.

Q&A: National Council of Resistance of Iran President-elect Maryam Rajavi

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the world's largest Iranian dissident organization, which seeks to replace Iran's theocratic regime with a democracy, provided the following exclusive answers to questions from The Washington Times.

'Regime must not stay in power'

Iran has a long and proud history. But from the first day Khomeini came to power, he declared its intent to export its "revolution." This was not just a simple slogan; it has been implemented.

'Secrets buried with tortured bodies'

In 1979, I was a mechanical engineering student in Tabriz, but I was forced to drop out of school due to the clerical regime's persecution of Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) supporters. On July 23, 1981, I was arrested in Tabriz on charges of having links with the MEK. I was interrogated and tortured four times in six days.

'The world must know [and] remember my tortures'

I was in solitary confinement for two years and 40 days in a disgusting complex called "residential unit," a complex set up by the regime to break the will of female Mojahedin-affiliated prisoners in Ghezel Hesar Prison.

'One must be ready to sacrifice'

My parents were supporters of the MEK who were arrested in 1982. Because my mother was pregnant with me, I was born in Evin Prison, where I grew up for 4 years. My uncle, a 19-year-old activist, was shot dead in the street in 1981, and I was named after him to keep his name alive.

'Power is shifting to the Iranian people'

It's an honor to join so many prominent speakers at today's international summit to call for justice for the martyrs of the 1988 massacre.

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