Standing with the Iranian people is necessary – Excerpts from remarks by Members of Congress

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Rep. Kevin McCarty (R-CA), House Republican Leader

The oppressive regime in Tehran and its new president have a history of suppressing freedom of speech, supporting terrorism, and seeking nuclear weapons. We hope that America — along with you and our allies — will see a democratic Iran that protects free speech and the rights of all people. It is also our hope that the dark days of fear under the Supreme Leader will subside, as Iran blossoms into a responsible democratic nation. Imagine it: a free Iran.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), House Democratic Caucus Chair

I want to thank you for extending the invitation for me to participate in this conference where we are discussing a free, secular, and non-nuclear Iran. The Iranian government brutalizes its citizens and exports terrorism throughout the world.

And so I commend you on your courage, on your strength, and on your leadership in helping to bring about a free, a secular, and a non-nuclear Iran and to give the Iranian people the types of freedoms and liberties that they deserve. I stand with you. I know that Members of Congress on both sides of the ideological spectrum, Democrats and Republicans, and both sides of the Capitol, the House and the Senate, stand with you. And that the Biden administration also understands the importance of bringing about a free, a secular, and a non-nuclear Iran.

We want to unleash the brilliance and the talents and the abilities of the Iranian people that are being suppressed by a brutal regime and lift up freedom and liberty for all. God bless you. God bless your efforts. And, of course, God bless the United States of America.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Foreign Affairs Committee Senior Member and lead Democrat sponsor of the House Resolution 118

The world should not forget the mass murders carried by the Iranian regime in 1988. It was in July of that year that Ayatollah Khomeini issued the bloody order to annihilate the enemies of Islam immediately. Today, we know that as many as 30,000 political prisoners had their lives taken from them. They lost their lives because they supported the dream of a free Iran.

In February 2021, Congressman McClintock and I led a letter addressed to President Biden, urging him to work with our allies, including particularly our partners in Albania and other Balkan countries where Iran has expanded its presence, to hold the regime accountable for breaching its diplomatic privileges, and to call on nations to work to prevent the malign activities of the Iranian regime’s diplomatic missions. But, there is some hope that the regime will soon be on its last legs. We saw how the Iranian people boycotted the recent elections. They were not fooled by the desperate attempt to distract them from the regime’s corruption. There are so many around the world who stand in solidarity with the Iranian people and who are working for a new chapter in that great nation’s history.

Source » washingtontimes

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