Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Iranian Resistance (PMOI/MEK) leadership at the ‘Ashraf 3’ basecamp outside Tirana, Albania.
Addressing the members of the MEK, Mr. Pompeo stated: “I’d also like to recognize President-elect Maryam Rajavi. Under her leadership, the National Council of Resistance of Iran is laying the groundwork for a free, sovereign, and democratic republic in Iran,” reported a MEK press release.
Mr. Pompeo and Ms. Rajavi attended the Mojahedin meeting at the Baharestan Hall in Ashraf. Expressing pleasure meeting the residents, Mr. Pompeo affirmed: “1000 former political prisoners of the theocratic regime are gathered here today. I want to say to you, from a former Secretary of State, that America recognizes and deeply respects you. The things you have suffered in the name of freedom reminds us of what our country was founded to defend and secure so many years ago.”
Mr Pompeo said: “Ebrahim Raisi, the butcher who orchestrated the 1988 massacre, is now President… Turnout was the lowest since 1979, marking a total rejection of the regime and its candidate. It was, in fact, a boycott of the regime – and the regime knows it. The regime is clearly at its weakest point in decades.” “Raisi is not the President of the people of Iran. He is the President of the Ayatollah. His mission is clear. Inflict pain. Frighten, continue to loot and plunder. But Raisi has already failed. He has failed to crush uprisings in Iran or break the noble sprit of dissent within the Iranian people,” he further elaborated.
“A serious missing factor in U.S. policy towards Iran has been the lack of political support for the organized opposition,” Mr. Pompeo added. “The regime in Tehran went to the extreme to massacre 30,000 political prisoners, whose main targets and a majority of victims were the MEK. The threat of attack extends far beyond Iran’s borders, with the regime having waged terror plots in Europe and the U.S. against the leaders of this movement. Now, to correct the Iran policy, no matter who is in the White House, it is a necessity for the U.S. administration to reach out to the Iranian Resistance and take advantage of its tremendous capabilities. Ashraf 3 is one such place to focus on.”
In her remarks, Ms. Rajavi stated: “For a while, the mullahs tried to portray Iraq as the enemy. Then, they tried to portray the United States as the enemy. But the people of Iran and the MEK say that our enemy is in Iran. The mullahs said the MEK were terrorists, a cult, and the enemies of God. They claimed the MEK did not have any base of support in Iran. There are many similar and baseless allegations.”
“Yes, by glancing at the objective conditions and the successive eruption of uprisings in Iran, today one can see that regime change is on the horizon,” Ms. Rajavi stated. “The people of Iran have already decided to engage in the final confrontation with the regime… The Shah resorted to mass killings and martial law in the final months of his rule, but it had the opposite effect. Likewise, Khamenei appointed Ebrahim Raisi, an executioner implicated in the massacre of political prisoners, as his regime’s president, to close ranks in the face of the uprisings and save his regime.”
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