Two Iranian diplomats in Albania have been declared "non-grateful person" by the authorities of the Eagle Country as announced by the Albanian foreign minister Gent Cakaj.
The latter announced that the two diplomats, Mohammad Ali Arz Peimanemati and Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Alast, had been declared "non-grateful person" due to the pursuit of activities incompatible with their diplomatic status.
"The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has decided to declare representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Albania, Mohammad Ali Arz Peimanemati and Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Alast, "non-grateful person" for having carried out activities contrary to their status and principles of the Vienna Convention for diplomatic relations. The two Iranian representatives were asked to leave Albanian territory immediately."- said Minister Gent Cakaj.
Ministria për Evropën dhe Punët e Jashtme ka vendosur sot, që përfaqësuesit diplomatikë të Ambasadës së Republikës…
Who were the two Iranian representatives
According to the Top Channel television station, Mohammad Ali Arz Peimanemati and Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Alast had direct ties with Qassem Soleimani, general of the unit of the "Guards of the Revolution" (organization declared "terrorist" by the US state department) and died last January 3 following the attack by the US military.
Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Alast - formerly a member of the Revolutionary Guards - used his diplomatic status to cover the real status of a member of the Iranian intelligence service. Arriving in Albania as a "cultural attaché", he had also been appointed director of the Sadi Shirazi cultural foundation which has been operating in Albania since 1996.
Mohammad Ali Arz Peimanemati, however, had come to Albania as an adviser to the Iranian embassy but the role in reality, as for Seyed Hosseini, was a cover as he is also part of Iranian intelligence and has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in EU countries.
A terrorist cell was discovered last October
Last October, a terrorist network led by the clandestine unit of the 'Quds Force' - belonging to Iran's 'Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' - was discovered by the Albanian security authorities, which aimed to attack members of the Iranian opposition 'MEK' (Mojahedin of the Iranian people) found in Albania.
The discovery and identification of this terrorist cell prevented the planned attack during the celebrations of the feast of Sultan Nevruz (the Persian New Year) in March 2018, attended by senior representatives of the Iranian opposition MEK.
From the 2014, with the coordination of the United Nations and the United States, Albania has welcomed members of the Iranian opposition MEK, an organization that sees itself as the opposition in exile and as a valid alternative to the Iranian regime.