Monday, July 20 – was the third and final day of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) Free Iran Global Summit 2020, which had to be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. It featured a conference on the terrorism of the Iranian regime abroad, The conference and its panellists urged foreign governments to shut down Iranian embassies and consulates in their countries, as well as expel the agents and operatives of the regime. The keynote speaker of the event was Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI. Mrs. Rajavi began by explaining that terrorism “is the essence” of the regime and so the mullahs cannot be separated from it before going on to list just some of the regime’s terror activities over the past four decades.
She said: “[This] is how the regime has held onto power over more than 40 years through suppression and terrorism.”
Mrs. Rajavi warned about the regime’s anti-MEK propaganda, which has increased in the past few days as more media attention was given to the Free Iran summit. This demonization campaign has historically been used to pave the way for terrorist attacks against the Resistance.
She condemned the appeasement policy of Western governments saying that this has made the mullahs’ terrorism possible because the regime knows that the international community will ignore Iran’s crimes. She stressed that incentives, like sanctions relief, have also been ineffective.
Mrs. Rajavi said: “The right policy can be summed up in a single word: firmness. That means firmly dispensing with everything that enables the regime’s terrorist activity, and firmly responding to every single criminal act.”
She then recommended that the international community take these measures to end the regime’s terrorism in Europe:
- Close the regime’s embassies
- Close the regime’s espionage and terrorism centres, including companies, cultural centres, and religious buildings funded by the mullahs
- Blocking financial transactions by agents or companies of the Iranian Intelligence Agency (MOIS) or the IRGC Qods Force
- Expel the regime’s agents, no matter their disguise, and enshrine this in law
- Stop security and intelligence services communicating with the regime
- Fully expose the regime’s terrorist plots and the identities of their agents and front entities in Europe
She said: “I hope that all governments respond positively to these calls, because their own people’s interests and security depend on such acts of firmness. Any act of firmness against this regime and any steps taken against it, anywhere in the world, will aid the Iranian’s people’s struggle to overthrow the regime, and is in line with international peace and security.”
Other speakers of this event included Mayor Giuliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Pandeli Majko former Prime Minister of Albania, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph, Senator Robert Torricelli, former State Department Spokesperson Adam Ereli, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, former U.S. Congressman, Judge Ted Poe, ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Chief of Staff of the United States Army General George Casey, senior-ranking member of the U.K. House of Lords and reviewer of antiterrorism legislation Lord Alex Carlile, Struan Stevenson, former President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, British MP Bob Blackman, former Foreign Minister of Yemen, Riad Yassin, Secretary General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition Nasr Hariri, the head of the Republican Party of Albania and former Defense Secretary Fatmir Mediu, Deputy Director of the Albania Democratic Party Edmon Spaho, Secretary of the Albanian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and former Deputy Interior Minister Elona Gjebrea,, and members of the Albanian Parliament Valentina Leskaj, former Vice-Chairperson of the Albanian Parliament and Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Grida Duma, Endri Hasa, Orjola Pampuri, Fatbarda Kadiu, and former member of the Albanian Parliament Namik Kolpliku, and the distinguished writer and women rights activist in Albania, Diana Çuli.