Iranian Resistance calls on Nelson Mandella to cancel visit to Tehran

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, sent a letter to South Africa's President Nelson Mandella calling on him to cancel his visit to Tehran. Mr. Rajavi added: This trip and others similar to it run counter to the highest interests of the Iranian people who have fought against the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship and sacrificed 120,000 martyrs for this cause.

Mr. Rajavi recalled the countless crimes of the medieval regime ruling Iran and said: This regime is far more illegitimate than the apartheid regime in South Africa and is more hated among the people of Iran. The people of South Africa justly regarded friendly ties with the apartheid regime by foreign countries, including the shah's regime, as unforgivable. In the same way, the Iranian people cannot forget friendship with the murderers of their children.

The NCR President wrote to Mr. Mandella: Your host in Tehran is a regime committed to religious and gender apartheid. It has been condemned 41 times to-date by various bodies in the United Nations. Experience shows that the clerical regime takes advantage of such trips to justify the flagrant human rights violations in Iran and export of terrorism. Mr. Rajavi added: This trip is taking place while at least seven persons have been stoned to death in public since Khatami took office seven months ago. In the same period, 24 of the regime's opponents have been assassinated abroad by the regime's terrorists. The number of executions publicly announced in 1997 in Iran exceeds 200.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran April 3, 1998

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