MEK Iran: Albania Expels Two Iranian Diplomats
Albania said on Wednesday that it had expelled two Iranian diplomats from the country.
Iran’s official Mehr news agency that keeps strong ties to the Iranian Regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), wrote that Albania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked two Iranian diplomats, to leave the country on “vague reasons.” The agency added that “Since long ago, Albania has been the host country to the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK Iran).”
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) January 15, 2020
who were these two “diplomats”?
Mohammad-Ali Arzpeyma Nemati, an MOIS officer, was sent to Albania in 2018 to reinforce the MOIS station in the country along with Mustafa Roodaki, his predecessor who was expelled a little more than a years ago from Albania.
Arzpeyma worked in Tehran in the Presidential system as an MOIS agent and was sent to Albania in December 2018.
Roodaki was expelled from Albania in December 2018 following a foiled terrorist attack planned by the MOIS and the IRGC Quds force against a MEK Iran gathering. Arzpeyma took over his sinister job and continued with his plans against the MEK Iran.
Ahmad Hosseini Alast is an agent of the regime’s Islamic Culture and Communications Organization (ICCO).
The ICCO is nominally tied to the regime’s Ministry of Culture and Guidance. However, in reality, it is directly connected to the Supreme Leader’s office and operates specifically on the basis of Khamenei’s orders and the decisions adopted by the Supreme Policy Council.
According to its charter, the main goals and duties of this organization consist of exporting fundamentalism, recruitment, espionage, and export of terrorism abroad, as well as activities against the MEK Iran and the Iranian Resistance.
Hosseini Alast was the regime’s cultural attaché in the latter’s embassy in Bulgaria for four years, and then desk officer for Eastern Europe and Germany in the ICCO for eleven years. He was transferred to Albania in 2016 as a cultural attaché. During visits to Iran, he was frequently briefed by IRGC’s Quds force on the MEK Iran.
When in Bulgaria, Hosseini had recruited 18 local citizens and sent them to the city of Qom in Iran to study religious courses and becoming mullahs.
In October 2019, Albanian authorities disclosed information about a terrorist cell-directed from Tehran to carry a terrorist attack against the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK Iran) in Albania.
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 27, 2019
According to the statement released by the Director of State Police, Ardi Veliu, “A terrorist network led by the Iranian regime has been discovered in Albania. The target of the network was to carry out attacks on the Iranian opposition movement (MEK Iran).”
An active terrorist cell of the Iranian QUDS Forces External Operations Unit was discovered by Albanian Security Institutions. It was run by a Quds Force operative that directs, from Tehran, operations in Albania and elsewhere in Central and Western Europe. Among other things, he initiated and implemented a foiled attack in March 2018 against the MEK Iran.
The Iranian ambassador, as well as the embassy’s head of intelligence, were dismissed from Albania following the foiled attempt.