February 25, 2018

State Department on Successful Completion of Relocation of MEK Members from Iraq to Europe

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau: Today, two aircraft chartered by UNHCR carried the last members of the MEK out of Iraq to safe haven in Albania. The rescue of more than 3,000 MEK members is the culmination of a major diplomatic initiative by the United States in support of UNHCR’s efforts to relocate them. We are grateful to the Government of Iraq for facilitating the departure of the MEK, and we are especially appreciative of the extraordinary efforts of the Albanian Government and the Albanian Prime Minister Rama to welcome these people who are in need of international protection. These actions, we believe, are in the best traditions of the generosity and tolerance of the Albanian people.