On the brink of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, an online international summit, entitled “Trans-Atlantic Summit on Iran Policy, Time to Hold the Iranian Regime Accountable,” brought together Iranians in various countries around the world from 10,000 locations.
Among the personalities who addressed the summit were 30 bipartisan U.S. lawmakers from the House and the Senate, including Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bob Menendez, and dignitaries like Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, General James Jones, National Security Advisor to President Obama (2009-2010), Newt Gingrich, 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Joseph Lieberman, former U.S. Senator, as well as a delegation of U.K. lawmakers, and Amb. Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the keynote speaker of the summit, paid tribute to Navid Afkari, a rebellious national hero recently executed by the regime and said: “Faced with executions and massacres, the people of Iran urge the United Nations, and the U.N. Security Council, in particular, to restore snapback sanctions stipulated in the six U.N. resolutions against the clerical regime in Iran. Otherwise, Khamenei will continue to ravage the nation as his regime’s survival depends on murder and suppression. If Khamenei were to stop executions, he would lose control of the situation, and uprisings simmering in the depths of Iranian society would erupt and overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism.”
Speakers in the summit demanded justice for over 30,000 MEK and other activists, political prisoners massacred in 1988. They urged an end to the policy of appeasement and demanded those who ordered and carried out this great crime, who currently occupy high positions in the regime, to be brought to justice.
Pandeli Majko former Prime Minister of Albania joined the summit. In his remarks, Mr. Majko said, “The Mojahedin and Madame Rajavi, the woman of peace, are the alternative for a lasting peace between East and the West.
Pandeli Majko former Prime Minister of Albania
Dear friends, I will try to do some short remarks because I don’t want to repeat my colleagues. But I think that it is very important, this kind of discussion about Iran’s in the international relations. This is a crucial issue.
Iran has become a state in expansion. The armed forces paid for by Iran have been placed in a wider area than this country has in its to date. Iran is the major geopolitical factor working towards a radical division between East and West. This division is completing. It is turning the Middle East into an unprecedented battlefield with soldiers without official uniforms. This wartime volunteers are becoming role models for other countries as well. The aggravated economic situation in Iran could have serious consequences for inciting extreme actions by the regime. The Middle East is turning into a military and humanitarian challenge. Iran’s status today is reminiscent of Japan’s status in the League of Nations before the World War II. In this situation, the United Nations should be cautious and prepared.
There is no other alternative than strengthening the NATO alliance. The Balkans are feeling the pressure of so-called Cold War between Greece and Turkey. It is clear that any vacuum left by the West will be filled by Iran in the name of so-called Eastern policy. I do not want to think that West may face an Eastern alliance in the future. This would strengthen the status of official Tehran in the Middle East.
In this crisis situation, cooperation with peace partners in the region is of fundamental importance. The Mojahedin and Madame Rajavi, the woman of peace, are the alternative for a lasting peace between East and the West. In the future, they may turn into an alternative for internal dialogue in Iranian society. Their survival keeps hope not only for freedom in Iran but also for the relationship between East and West. Albania has given shelter to the Mojahedin opposition that was endangered in the Camp Ashraf in Iraq. We have helped MEK, but we have also helped ourselves. We are honored to have been considered a second home for the opposition of Iran.