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Pompeo visits Iranian opposition to show support for growing anti-government protests

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday visited the headquarters of Iran’s largest and most prominent opposition group to show his support for the Iranian people in their growing public opposition to the Islamist regime.

“One thousand former political prisoners of the theocratic regime are gathered here today,” said Pompeo, who traveled to Ashraf 3 in Albania, the home base of the exiled People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK). “I want to say to you, from a former secretary of state, that America recognizes and deeply respects you.”

He also said: “The things you have suffered in the name of freedom reminds us of what our country was founded to defend and secure so many years ago. We must continue to support the Iranian people as they fight for a freer and more democratic Iran in any way we can.”

Pompeo’s visit came amid widespread anti-government protests across Iran and

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