Former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has hailed Ashraf 3, the headquarters of the primary democratic Iranian Opposition’
People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), on their contributions to
promoting Iran’s freedom, according to the statement published by the National
Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
“This is a marvelous work of art here in Ashraf. You really deserve to build up a real country in Iran. It is very well done. Coming to Ashraf 3 was a real reward for the people supporting you. Now, we are facing this new step, benchmark and era. The era of freedom in Iran,” Kouchner said.
During his speech to “Free Iran” at the annual conference on Saturday, July 13 in Albania, the former minister demanded Europe’s leaders take the advice of the NCRI to save Iran from the mullahs' autocratic regime based. He advocated for three things: “Elections based on the principle of universal suffrage, including a pluralistic political system with free assembly, and the abolition of the death penalty.”
Kouchner talked about the ten-point plan presented by NCRI President Maryam Rajavi for the future of Iran.
“We are ready to relieve these people from this awful religious system. We are not against religion. But we are against using religion to kill people… Religion is also the liberation of the people,” he said.
The ex-diplomat addressed Rajavi and described her as “persistent and a fantastic model for the women of the world.”
“We are completely with you to support such a fantastic program,” he added.
An event on July 12 preceded today’s speech, featuring an exhibition titled "120 Years of Struggle of the Iranian People for Freedom", a snapshot of the history of the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom, according to the NCRI women’s committee.
Rajavi was the keynote speaker at the event. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Colombian presidential candidate Senator Ingrid Betancourt, former US vice presidential candidate Senator Joe Lieberman, former French Defense Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, and British MP Matthew Offord were among those who came from across the globe to attend the annual gatherings of the Iranian resistance event.