Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama gestures during a news conference at Tirana Business Park, in Tirana, Albania, September 14, 2021.

Albanian PM Says MEK Cannot Fight Iranian Regime On Its Soil

Sunday, 07/02/2023

Edi Rama, Albania's prime minister, said in an interview with Der Spiegel on Friday that the Mujahideen cannot use Albania to fight the Iranian regime.

A few days ago, the Albanian State Police, on the orders of the Special Court, conducted checks in the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) camp, resulting in clashes between its residents and security forces.

The opposition group said on June 20 that hundreds of Albanian police officers raided the group's exile center, Camp Ashraf, in an unexpected move.

The group alleged one of their members, identified as Ali Mostashari, died and more than a hundred others were injured, with some hospitalized in critical condition after police raided the camp using tear gas and pepper spray and seizing computers. The group claimed the attack was instigated by the Iranian regime.

Albanian authorities denied any loss of life or injuries, saying that the incident happened due to the group’s refusal to cooperate with the police.

Police said it had suspicions that there may be people on the premises involved in cyberattacks against Tirana as well as criminal “acts of larger dimensions.”

Rama told Spiegel although the MEK are welcome, they should not use Albania as a political platform.

“Albania has no intention of being at war with the Iranian regime. Albania does not accept anyone who has abused our hospitality,” he added.

He also noted that Tirana accepted thousands of the MEK members under a life-saving operation at the request of the Obama administration in 2016.

“Our country is used as a trench in a war that is not ours, it does not work! Of course, they have every right to fight for their freedom, but to do so they must leave Albania,” the prime minister noted.

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