He made these remarks during his farewell speech on January 19, at the C Street Lobby.
He said: “One of the things that I am very proud of is the effort we made [to get 3,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)] out of Camp Liberty and to places where they are safe and their lives are saved from being attacked regularly, as they were. I thank Jonathan Winer, our special envoy, and others for that kind of effort. It’s been enormous.”
In September, following the successful relocation of dissidents, Kerry told the good news to the Daily Press Briefing at the White House.
He said: “We live in a turbulent era and too often there are one challenge or another about conflict that, unfortunately, doesn’t bring good news. But I believe it’s important to note a very important humanitarian accomplishment from late last week… The last 280 members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, MEK, were moved out of Camp Liberty in Iraq.”
He also praised the country of Albania who took in the refugees and thanked the other governments who had helped to move the MEK members to safety.
While in exile, the Iranian opposition group were subjected to constant attacks from the Iranian Regime and their Iraqi proxies. The camp had been shelled on many occasions, killing and injuring hundreds of people.