In a letter dated December 14, Trump thanked Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama “for [his] steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe”.
He said that the expulsion showed how Albania and the US were working together to show the Iranian government that its “terrorist activities” around the world would have “severe consequences”.
This letter was published on Facebook by the US Embassy in Tirana on Thursday.
National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the US stands with Rama and Albania as they “stand up to Iran’s reckless behaviour in Europe and across the globe”.
While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted his support for the move, saying that “European nations have thwarted three Iranian plots this year alone”.
It is worth noting that Albania is home to 2,500 Iranian dissidents, who fled from the Regime.
Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that the Regime must be shown the “serious consequences” of their terrorist activities, calling Iran “the godfather and the epicentre of terrorism under the banner of Islam in the world today”.
She called on all governments to expel the mullahs’ “diplomat-terrorists” and designate the Ministry of Intelligence as a terrorist entity.
While the NCRI’s Shahin Gobadi described Albania’s move as “a very necessary and courageous act”.
Gobadi said: “The clerical regime’s embassies in Europe are centres of terrorist acts against the dissidents.”
Albania’s foreign ministry announced the expulsion on Wednesday, saying that they’d made their decision following talks with other countries over the diplomats violated their diplomatic status.
Although Albania has not said the exact reason for the expulsion, media reports indicate that the Iranians were suspected of a possible plot to attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his scheduled visit to Albania in November and an alleged terror plot at a football match in 2016.
While Iranian foreign ministry representative Bahram Ghasemi shifted the blame by claiming that Albania was influenced in their decision by the US and Israel, as the two states wanted to drive a wedge between Iran and Europe at this crucial time.
The crucial time is Iran trying to convince Europe to stick with the 2015 nuclear deal after the US pulled out in May, but if Iran was so concerned about not driving a wedge between themselves and Europe, they might have avoided plotting two terror attacks against Albania and France this year. According to Gobadi, Iran’s embassies and diplomats “played a major role” in both the thwarted bombing attempts.