Albania Expels Iranian Regime Ambassador and His Deputy For Terrorism
On Wednesday, Albania announced that it had expelled two Iranian regime diplomats from the country, citing a threat to national security.
A spokesperson for Albania’s Foreign Ministry told the Associated Press that the diplomats were expelled for “violating their diplomatic status.” According to the spokesperson, the decision was made after meeting with a number of other countries, including Israel.
John Bolton’s Response
Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania just expelled the Iranian ambassador, signaling to Iran’s leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated. We stand with PM Rama and the Albanian people as they stand up to Iran’s reckless behavior in Europe and across the globe.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 19, 2018
The first public words of support for the expulsion of the regime’s diplomats from Albania came from John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. Bolton, who is a longtime supporter of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance, tweeted in support of the decision on Wednesday afternoon, writing:
“Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania just expelled the Iranian ambassador, signaling to Iran’s leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated. We stand with PM Rama and the Albanian people as they stand up to Iran’s reckless behavior in Europe and across the globe.”
Mike Pompeo’s Response
I commend PM Edi Rama’s expulsion of two Iranian agents who plotted terrorist attacks in #Albania. European nations have thwarted three Iranian plots this year alone. The world must stand together to sanction #Iran’s regime until it changes its destructive behavior.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 19, 2018
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also tweeted in support of Albania’s decision to expel the Iranian diplomats. He wrote:
“I commend PM Edi Rama’s expulsion of two Iranian agents who plotted terrorist attacks in #Albania. European nations have thwarted three Iranian plots this year alone. The world must stand together to sanction #Iran’s regime until it changes its destructive behavior.”
Donald Trump’s Response
U.S. President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, thanking him for “standing up to Iran.” He wrote:
“Thank you for your steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe. The leadership you have shown by expelling Iran’s Ambassador to your country exemplifies our joint efforts to show the Iranian government that its terrorist activities in Europe and around the world will have severe consequences.
“Albania has always been a great friend to the United States, and I look forward to growing our partnership as we confront the many important issues facing our two countries.”
This vocal support from the leaders of the United States marks a dramatic departure from the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs of past administrations. It sends a strong message to European leaders that the time has come to stand up to the Iranian regime and to stand beside the Iranian people.
Suspected Involvement in Foiled Terrorist Plot
On March 22nd of this year, Albanian law enforcement arrested two Iranian operatives suspected of terrorist activities in Albania. These agents claimed to be journalists. The Albanian news reported:
“These two Iranian citizens were arrested for further investigation by anti-terrorism agencies after information was received from Albania’s international partners stating that they were planning to carry out a terrorist operation.”
This is not the first time an Iranian diplomat has been implicated in a foiled terrorist plot. Former regime diplomat Asadollah Assadi is currently awaiting trial in Belgium for masterminding the foiled terrorist plot against the Iranian Resistance gathering in Paris in June of this year. The regime and its diplomats have unsuccessfully tried to carry out several attacks against MEK members in Europe over the past year alone.