On the brink of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual session, an online international summit, entitled “Trans-Atlantic Summit on Iran Policy, Time to Hold the Iranian Regime Accountable,” was held September 18. The Summit brought together Iranians in various countries around the world from 10,000 locations. Mr. Lance Gooden, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, joined the Summit.
Among the personalities who addressed the summit were 30 bipartisan U.S. lawmakers from the House and the Senate. Personalities 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 Ambassador Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the keynote speaker of the summit
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI was the keynote speaker of the summit. She paid tribute to Navid Afkari, a rebellious national hero recently executed by the regime. Mrs. Rajavi said: “Faced with executions and massacres, the people of Iran urge the U.N. 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.”
She continued,”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.”
At the summit, speakers demanded justice for over 30,000 MEK and other activists, political prisoners massacred in 1988. As a result they urged an end to the appeasement policy and requested those who ordered and carried out this great crime, who currently occupy high positions in the regime, to be brought to justice.
Lance Gooden, member of the U.S. House of Representatives joined to the summit. In his remarks, Mr. Gooden said, “I support the 10-point plan that Madam Rajavi has put out as I know all of you do. I want to encourage you and just let you know that you have friends in the U.S. that are supporting your efforts.”
Lance Gooden, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
I’m Congressman Lance Gooden from the great state of Texas, wishing you the very best and joining as we mourn the losses of the 1988 massacre in Iran of your friends and loved ones. I also call on the United Nations to open an inquiry into this massacre.
And I also want to wish you all more success as we continue to move forward and fight for a free Iran. I support the 10-point plan that Madam Rajavi has put out as I know all of you do. I want to encourage you and just let you know that you have friends in the U.S. that are supporting your efforts. We believe that you are making progress, and we’re making progress alongside you.
And I also want to encourage people that are in Iran and that are fighting oppression to stay strong and know that you have friends around the world that believe in you and that believe in a free Iran. Thank you so much for all you do. Thank you for your fight and continue as we move to victory. I hope to meet you in person someday very soon in a free Iran.