We welcome the distinguished political guests and MPs from Europe, the United States and across the globe, including Arab and Muslim states. Welcome to this great gathering where you express your solidarity with the Iranian people and their opposition. In the name of the country that has welcomed you, France, and in the name of the Danielle Mitterrand Foundation, France Liberte, I am proud to extend you my greetings in our country, the home of the Declaration of Human Rights, which is the reason for its commitment to hospitality.
It is an honor for France that Francois Mitterrand provided refuge to your president, Maryam Rajavi, and the movement she leads. Defending the rights and freedoms for which you are fighting for in your country and in the international spectrum is a duty.
At a time when Iran, under a religious dictatorship, enjoys no freedoms of assembly, parties and speech, a country in which human rights are constantly violated in and suffering is rampant, your magnificent presence here is tantamount to a referendum against the mullahs’ regime and resembles the resistance’s capacity to realize democratic change in Iran.
This path will lead to victory, as seen in the humanitarian struggle for Ashraf and Liberty residents. I had the privilege to be with them in Albania in glorious and impressive moments. Albania is a very brave and generous country.
From deep down in our hearts we wish you success in reaching democracy and freedom, and will remain loyal in this path by your side.
To the organizers I should also extend a message of gratitude from Francoise Hollande for inviting him to take part in this gathering. He said his attention continues to the human rights situation in Iran.
Welcome to you all and hoping for victory.
Mr. Gilbert Mitterrand - He is the son of the late French President François Mitterrand, President of the France Libertés Foundation and one of the most renowned personalities in France.
He was decorated in 2017 with the Order of Légion d'Honneur, the highest decoration in France for best serving as a mayor and member of the French National Assembly.