Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati visited Iran for the first time in early February. Officials from all walks of life in Iran were speaking about tourism in Albania and lifting any visa requirements to enter this country.
“There are adequate capacities in the two countries’ tourism industry, and through the use of these capacities we can strengthen tourism between Iran and Albania,” said Iranian Vice President Ahmadi Pour in his meeting with Bushati. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for increasing cooperation in tourism and “trade tourism.”
Now the question is 25 years after the establishment of democracy in Albania, why is the mullahs’ regime suddenly become so fond of tourism in Albania?
In September 2016, the last group of the Iranian Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) were transferred from Camp Liberty in Iraq to Tirana, all with a charter plane under the supervision of the United Nations and supported by the U.S. government. To this end, more than 2,000 MEK members were transferred during a period of six months.
The MEK is the largest and most powerful Iranian democratic opposition struggling to overthrow the mullahs’ regime. This organization enjoys vast and widespread support across the aisle in the United States, and a slate of different parties and politicians in Europe, Canada, Australia, along with Arabic and Middle East countries. The MEK also has a vast social base amongst the Iranian people and each year more than 100,000 of such supporters gather for their annual grand gathering in Paris.
Seeking to annihilate their democratic opposition, the mullahs’ had plotted to massacre all MEK members in Camp Liberty. The mullahs’ mercenaries and the government of former Iraqi prime minister Nouri Maliki staged eight different attacks against MEK camps in Iraq, killing at least 177 and leaving more than 1,000 injured.
On September 3rd, 2013 Albanian media reported the massacre of 52 MEK members in Camp Ashraf in Iraq at the hands of mercenaries sent by the mullahs’ regime and the Iraqi government (Panorama, 3 September 2013). The Iranian regime had sought to either massacre all MEK members, or have them surrender in order to destroy the threat of a de facto alternative to its rule.
Currently, following the MEK resettlement in Albania and other European countries, the Iranian regime has suffered a strategic defeat and can no longer massacre its main opposition. Developments following the election of a new U.S. president, the end of appeasement by the U.S. vis-à-vis the mullahs and the presence of MEK supporters in the highest ranks of the new U.S. government, have made the Iranian regime terrified of the MEK more than ever before.
The fact that the Iranian regime has after 25 years suddenly become so fond of tourism in Albania is without a doubt related to the MEK’s resettlement in this country. The Albanian Foreign Ministry in December 2016 announced an entry visa is necessary for Iranians seeking to enter Albania.
And now, senior Iranian regime officials, from the president, the foreign minister and others have in Tehran requested from Bushati to lift all visa requirements for “tourists” in order to freely send their security agents and spies to Tirana under the cover of “tourism” and “trade tourism” while seeking to deliver a blow to the MEK.