(AFP) – Albania announced on Thursday that it had severed diplomatic ties with Iran after its government said it was attacked by Iran in July. Iran dismissed Albania’s claims as “baseless”. The United States condemned the attack on its NATO ally Albania and said it would hold Iran responsible.
Albania accepted in 2013 at the request of the United States and the United Nations (UN) the Mujahideen al-Khalq (Mujahideen al-Khalq, also known as the MEK), a dissident group based outside of Iran who disagrees with Iran.
Prime Minister Edi Rama has accused Iran of shutting down public services in Albania on July 15 and launching cyberattacks on institutions to steal data and communications from government systems. He announced an immediate severance of diplomatic relations with Iran and asked his diplomats and embassy staff to leave the country within 24 hours. This is the first time that Albania has mentioned this cyberattack.
In response to Albania’s announcement, U.S. National Security Council (NSC) spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement that she “strongly condemns Iran’s cyberattacks against Iran.” ‘Albania, NATO ally’. He promised to be accountable and to help Albania. (c) AFP/Briseida MEMA