PARIS: Ramadan conference held in support of a democratic Iran

A grand Ramadan conference in Paris was held in solidarity with the Iranian Resistance on Friday 3, July, 2015.  The event promoted democracy, peace and tolerance among religions.

Mrs Maryam Rajavi, President elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), was the key speaker to the conference. The event was held at the invitation and support of the French Muslims Committee in Defense of Ashrafis’ Rights on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Mrs Rajavi in her speech eloquently said that, “So long as this regime is in power, the people of Iran and other nations in the Middle East will not experience freedom and democracy. A regime that continues to persist on acquiring the nuclear bomb, despite opposition of the Iranian people and the international community, is a global threat.”

She stressed the importance of the separation of religion and state and said that her struggle was to defend the democratic, tolerant Islam of the Prophet Mohammad. The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has been struggling for five decades against tyranny, fundamentalism and religious dictatorship. 

Those in attendance included Sheikh Khalil Merroun, rector of the Grand Mosque of Evry, the largest mosque in France, and President of the Committee of French Muslims in Defense of the Rights of Ashrafis (CMFDDA); Mr. Hikmet Turk, President of the Franco-Turkish Cultural Center (CCFT); representatives of France’s Muslim community; and Mr. Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria among other important personalities. 

All speakers came out in support of the NCRI and PMOI. Mr. Hikmet Turk stated at the occasion that, “We have been supporting the Iranian Resistance for many years. I am very proud that last year we established the Committee of French Muslims in Defense of the Rights of Ashrafis (CMFDDA). We are against dictatorship and terrorism in the name of Islam.” 

Sheikh Khalil Merroun presented Mrs. Maryam Rajavi with glasses with candles, a symbolic token of friendship among peoples and light in the darkness. 

Mr. Sid Ahmed Ghozali, addressed the conference and stated that, “We support the Iranian Resistance to topple the regime in Tehran. The Iranian Resistance members residing in Camp Liberty are in danger. Since 2009 when US forces left Iraq, the members of the Iranian Resistance faced pressure and attacks both at Camp Ashraf and later in Camp Liberty. The international community must protect these courageous people in Camp Liberty.”

Participants in the conference, as well as many other prominent Arabic and Islamic figures, in a joint statement, supported the Arab coalition against Yemen’s occupation by Iranian regime’s proxies. They called for the expansion of this coalition to support the Free Syrian Army and topple Bashar Assad. 

Their statement also said that: “Members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Camp Liberty, true Muslims that have devoted their lives to fight against the Iranian regime, are great assets to the Islamic World and humanity in confronting fundamentalism and extremism under the veneer of Islam. They are the dearest guests of the Arab community and their protection is the duty of all noble Muslims and Arabs.”

And that: “We further declare that the United States and the United Nations should provide for and ensure their protection; otherwise, they should return part of their personal weapons to them in order to defend themselves against the militias affiliated with the Iranian regime. And Camp Liberty should be recognized as a refugee camp and its siege, in particular its medical blockade, must be completely lifted and annulled.”

Participants in the conference stressed that “the Iranian regime has to implement all UN Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear program and should address all outstanding IAEA questions and allow intrusive inspections of all of its declared or undeclared military and non-military sites.”

The conference shows a global recognition of the Iranian Resistance led by Maryam Rajavi. The aims of the NCRI are not only the will of the Iranian people but the need of the region for peace and tranquillity.