On April 14, 2017, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met in Tirana, Albania, with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and discussed the latest developments in Iran, the clerical regime’s nefarious meddling in the Middle East region and prospects for the future.
Senator McCain congratulated their successful transfer from Iraq and praised the perseverance and steadfastness of the members of the resistance and their huge sacrifices. “There is no doubt that people in this room have suffered not only themselves, but in the loss of their loved ones because of the Iranian tyranny. You have stood up, fought, and sacrificed for freedom, for the right to live free, for the right to determine your future, for the right that is God given. …I thank you for being an example; an example to the whole world that those people who are willing to fight and sacrifice for freedom, will achieve it and you are an example to everyone in the world who is struggling for it,” Mr. McCain said. While expressing his condolences to the victims of the mullahs’ tyranny, he thanked the government of Albania for accepting the PMOI/MEK members.
Senator McCain praised the leadership of Mrs. Rajavi, while emphasizing, “Someday Iran will be free and someday we will gather in freedom square in Tehran.”
During the meeting, Mrs. Rajavi thanked Senator McCain for his relentless endeavors in support of the safe transfer of members of the PMOI/MEK (previously the residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq), to outside of Iraq.