By Atousa Pilger
The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, attended on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the ceremonies marking the birth of Jesus Christ in Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tirana- Durres.
George Antonio Frendo, Archbishop of Tirana and Duress sain in his remarks congratulating Christmas: “Hail to you Mr. President. I am delighted to see you among us. We are honored by your attendance at this magnificent celebration. And I hail you Mrs. Rajavi, representing the Iranian community in our country. We pray for those in your country, who are oppressed, and enduring pain and suffering.”
Maryam Rajavi also extended her gratitude to Archbishop Frendo and presented him a book containing the list of 20,000 martyrs of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK). Mrs. Rajavi said that the Iranian people were paying the heaviest possible price in their struggle to rid Iran of the religious fascism ruling Iran.
Presenting the list of 20,000 PMOI/MEK martyrs to Archbishop George Anthony Frendo, and thanking him for his sympathies with the suffering people of #Iran under the rule of religious fascism #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/XPJ2yVRLyl
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) 25 december 2019
NCRI’s President-elect expressed hope that in the future Iran, all sectors of Iranian society, regardless of their religions and traditions, or their ethnicity and nationality would live side-by-side in freedom and equality.
At this event, several Albanian leaders and distinguished personalities, including President Ilir Meta, Monika Kryemadhi, the leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party and the President’s wife, Ms. Elona Gjebra, Secretary for the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament and former Deputy Interior Minister, and Ms. Diana Culi, the renowned Albanian author, attended the ceremonies.