The leader of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, greeted the decision of the Albanian government to expel two Iranian diplomats.
“The government of Albania’s expulsion of two of the Iranian regime’s diplomats is a courageous and admirable measure in fighting terrorism and ensuring the security of the people of Albania and Iranian refugees”, she wrote on social media.
The Albanian acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Gent Cakaj, reacted after Top Channel reported on its 15:00 news edition that two Iranian diplomats were expelled from the country.
Minister Cakaj stated that the diplomats, Mohammad Ali Arz Peimanemati and Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Alast, were declared ‘persona non grata’ for conducting activities that went against their status.
“The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has decided that the representatives of the Iranian Islamic Republic in Albania, Mohammad Ali Arz Peimanemati and Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Alast, are declared ‘persona non-grata’ for conducting activities that go against their status and against the principles of the Vienna Convention for Diplomatic Relations.
“The two Iranian representatives were asked to leave the territory of Albania immediately”, Minister Cakaj declared.
Top Channel reported earlier that these persons had direct ties to the former Quds Supreme Commander, General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by the USA.
Albanian Secret Service and intelligence agencies, assisted by foreign partners, have obtained information about their intentions to attack the US Embassy in Baghdad, as planned by Soleimani, which confirms the reasons that led to his killing.
Seyed Ahmed Hosseini Alast was in Albania as a cultural attaché, but he served as a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which was declared ‘a terrorist organization’ by the US State Department.
He has been very active with plans to organize destabilizing terror acts against the coalition forces in the Middle East. He used his diplomatic status in Albania to cover an activity that undermines the country’s national security.
Mohamed Peimanemati was in Albania as an advisor to the Iranian Embassy, but in fact, he was a member of Iran’s intelligence organization, Mois, and responsible for several terror acts in EU countries.
In December 2018, Albania declared as “persona non grata” the Iranian Ambassador, Gholamhossein Mohammadnia and Mostafa Roudaki.
Two Iranian citizens were detained under suspicion of plotting to carry out a terror attack during a Bektashi religious holiday.