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    Terror threat cancels Iranian opposition’s summit in Albania

    TIRANA, ALBANIA (AP) – Iranian dissidents in Albania on Friday said they had cancelled a summit following warnings from local authorities of a possible terrorist threat.

    Some 3,000 Iranian dissidents from the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, best known as MEK, live at Ashraf 3 camp in Manez, 30 kilometres west of Albania’s capital, Tirana.

    They had planned to hold at their camp the Free Iran World Summit July 23-24 with the participation of United States (US) senators and congressmen and other former personalities from Western countries to “call on the Biden administration to adopt a decisive policy against the Tehran regime”.

    A statement from the camp said the summit was “postponed until further notice upon recommendations by the Albanian government, for security reasons, and due to terrorist threats and conspiracies”.

    Albanian authorities did not respond to questions on the threat.

    The US Embassy in Tirana warned its citizens that it was “aware of a potential threat targetting the Free Iran World Summit” calling on its citizens “to avoid this event”.

    Shahin Gobadi, the Iranians’ spokesman based in Paris, also mentioned “the plot to bomb the grand gathering of Free Iran on June 30, 2018, in Paris by one of its active diplomats, Assadollah Assadi”.

    Members of the Ashraf-3 camp wave Iranian flags during the speech of former US Vice President Mike Pence at the Iranian opposition headquarters in Albania. PHOTO: AP
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