Bilateral Relations

The Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Warsaw covers the diplomatic relations with the countries as follows:

 

1. The Republic of Poland

2. The Republic of Estonia

3. The Republic of Latvia

4. The Republic of Lithuania

5. Ukraine

 

RELATIONS WITH POLAND

The year 1937 is considered as the year of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Albanian Government has sent a request to the Polish Government for recognition, immediately after the final decision of the Conference of Ambassadors in Paris, in November 1921. In 1928, the military attaché of the Polish Embassy in Belgrade, has informed the Albanian representative there, on the desire of the Polish Government to open a Polish Legation in Albania. In 1937, the Polish Legation in Athens has informed the Albanian side that the Minister Plenipotentiary of Poland in Athens will be accredited as Minister Plenipotentiary to Tirana too. The Polish press of that time has considered this act as a reestablishment of the bilateral relations between Poland and Albania, after 500 years, referring to the period of the victories of Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg, time when Władysław III, the king of Poland and Hungary wrote him a letter asking for his cooperation.

The relations with Poland are evaluated as traditionally very good. A friendly country that has supported the most important processes in which Albania is engaged, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the NATO membership and the integration into the European Union. However, it is worth noting that, the very good political relations and friendly spirit between the two countries need to be transformed into intensive relations in areas of mutual interest.

Poland has provided continuous support in terms of the integration process of Albania. In all high-level meetings, the Albanian side is assured for the support of Poland, which is not only on the political level. In May 2014, during the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati in Warsaw, it has been signed the Memorandum of Cooperation between the two countries on issues of European integration, and immediately began its implementation. During the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Jacek Czaputowicz, to Albania, in May 2018, Tirana Conference also was launched.

High-level visits between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Poland

During the last four years there were noticed very good results in terms of cooperation between the two countries, with a positive and promising balance for the future of these relations.

- January 2014, Albania

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Mrs. Henryka Dendis paid a visit as chair of the Polish team for diplomatic consultations.

- May 2014, Poland

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati, paid an official visit to Poland.

- June 2014, Poland

The President of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Mr. Bujar Nishani participated in the ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism.

- July 2014, Poland

The 5th Session of the Joint Economic Commission between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Poland took place in Warsaw.

- October 2014 - Poland

The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Mimi Kodheli, paid an official visit to Poland.

- March 2015 - Albania

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Leszek Soczewica paid a visit and consultations were held on security issues and cooperation in the frame of NATO.

- April 2015 - Poland

The Minister of Energy and Industry, Mr. Damian Gjiknuri participated in the European Economic Congress, together with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Trade, Ms. Brunilda Paskali.

- June 2015, Albania

The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland, Ms. Małgorzata Omilanowska, paid an official visit to Albania.

- June 2015, Poland

The Ombudsman of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Igli Totozani took part in a conference in Warsaw.

- November 2015, Poland

Head of the State Supreme Audit Institution, Mr. Bujar Leskaj, paid official visit to Poland.

- June 2016, Albania

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Witold Wascikowski paid an official visit to Albania.

- July 2016, Poland

NATO Summit – The Delegation from the Republic of Albania was headed by the Prime Minister Mr. Edi Rama, and attended from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ditmir Bushati and from the Minister of Defence, Mrs. Mimi Kodheli.

- November 2016, Poland

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati attended the Visegrad 4 + Western Balkans meeting.

 - December, 2016

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mrs. Beata Szydlo, paid an official visit to Albania, followed by a Business Forum.

- May 2017, Poland

Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Valentina Leskaj attended the Summit of the Speakers of the Parliament of the Central and Eastern Europe.

- May 2017, Poland

The 6th Session of the Joint Economic Commission between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Poland was held, followed by a Business Forum.

- October 2017, Albania

The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Antoni Macierewicz paid an official visit to Albania.

- October 2017, Poland

Participation of the  Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Dorina Cinari in the Meeting of the Ministers of Transport, in the framework of the 16+1, held in Warsaw, Poland.

- November 2017, Poland

Participation of the Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Romina Kuko, in the Forum of Salzburg and in the Ministerial Conference of the Friends’ Group from Western Balkans and Moldavia, held in Warsaw, Poland.  

- December 2017, Poland

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, paid an official visit to Poland, followed by a Business Forum.

- May 2018, Albania

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, paid an official visit to Albania, during which the Tirana Conference was launched.

- September 2018, Albania

The Secretary of State for European Affairs, Public and Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, paid a visit to Albania in the framework of the Berlin Process and taking over from Poland to chair this initiative in 2019.

- October 2018, Poland

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati participated in the Warsaw Security Forum as a panelist at the Ministerial Session on "Catching Wind in the Rough Waters - EU and Western Balkans" and held a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Mr. Jacek Czaputowicz.

The Minister of Tourism and Environment of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Blendi Klosi, attended the International Travel Fair, "World Travel Show", and held bilateral meetings.

- December 2018, Poland

The President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ilir Meta, attended the UN Climate Conference COP24, in Katowice.

The Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Gent Cakaj, participated in the meeting of Deputy Foreign Ministers of the Berlin Process, in Poznan.

 - February 2019, Poland

The Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Gent Cakaj, attended the Ministerial for the Promotion of the Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, in Warsaw.

The Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Sokol Dedja, attended the meeting of the Ministers of Integration of the Berlin Process, in Warsaw.

- March 2019, Poland

A delegation of the Parliament of the Republic of Albania, headed by the Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Mimi Kodheli visited Warsaw

July 2019, Poland

Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Edi Rama, Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Gent Cakaj, Minister of Interior Mr. Sander Lleshaj and the Minister of Economy and Finance Mrs. Anila Denaj participated in the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan within the framework of the Polish Presidency of the Berlin Process.

September 2019, Poland

The President of the Republic H.E. Mr. Ilir Meta participated in the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, in Warsaw.

Acting Ministerfor Europe and Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Gent Cakaj paid an official visit to Poland and took part in the Second Edition of the Tirana Conference.

November 2019, Poland

The Minister of Tourism and Environment, Mr. Blendi Klosi paid a working visit to Poland in the framework of the organization by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Poland of activities on the occasion of the 107th anniversary of Independence; Economic Conference “Albania: next destination for Trade, Tourism and Investment" and reception “Taste Albania”.

February 2020, Poland

The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Elva Margariti paid a working visit in Warsaw.

March 2020, Albania

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, H.E. Mr. Jacek Czaputowic, visited Tirana jointly with MFA of Lithuania, H.E. Mrs.  Linas Linkevicius; Latvian MFA, H.E. Mr. Edgar Rinkevics and Estonian Deputy Minister Mr. Mart Volmer.

 

RELATIONS WITH ESTONIA

The diplomatic relations with Estonia are established on 17 January 1992, which are evaluated as very good relations. There is a common will to promote the cooperation. The exchange of high level visits is a key element in the revitalization of bilateral relations.

Estonia’s support for Albania on its path to the NATO membership and European integration it is highly appreciated. It is also highly esteemed the Kosovo's recognition, the support and the constructive attitude of Estonia towards Kosovo.

The diplomatic coverage is realized by non-resident ambassadors, namely the relations with Estonia are covered by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Warsaw, Poland, while the relations with Albania are covered by the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Athens, Greece. The Honorary Consulate of Estonia in Albania was officially established in April 2010, during the visit of Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip in Tirana. While the Honorary Consul of Estonia, Sotiraq Guga, was appointed in spring of 2009.

High level visits between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Estonia

- March 2004

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries met at the Geneva Summit.

- March 2006, Estonia

Official visit in Estonia of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Besnik Mustafaj.

- May 2006, Albania

Working visit in Albania of the Joint Delegation of the National Defense Parliamentary Committee and the Estonian Ministry of Defense.

- February 2007, Estonia

Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Mustafaj and the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Mediu, in the framework of the joint meeting of foreign ministers and defense ministers of member states of the Baltic Charter, Adriatic Charter and USA.

- November 2007, Albania

Visit to Albania of Minister of Defense of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Aaviksoo.

- March 2008, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of an Albanian delegation with representatives of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Integration.

- April 2008, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Sali Berisha.

- November 2008, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Oketa, in the framework of the NATO-Ukraine summit.

- March 2010, Albania

Visit in Albania of the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia.

- April 2010, Albania

Visit in Albania of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Ansip.

- April 2010, Estonia

Meeting of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Meta with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Paet, in the framework of the meeting of NATO MFA.

- November 2011, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of the Minister of Innovation of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Pollo.

- October 2012, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of Albanian parliamentarians of the European Integration Committee.

- November 2013

Meeting of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Rama with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Ansip, in the framework of the Central and Eastern European Summit and China Summit in Bucharest.

- February 2014, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of the Minister of Innovation of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Harito.

- March 2017, Albania

Visit in Albania of the Undersecretary for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Maati Maasikas.

- January 2018, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati.

- March 2018, Albania

 Visit in Albania of the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, for Economic and Development Affairs, Ambassador, Väino Reinart, with a business delegation from the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

- October 2018, Estonia

Visit in Estonia of the Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Etjen Xhafaj together with the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Albana Shkurta, where apart from participating in the Western Balkans Business Forum, also bilateral meetings were held. 

February 2019, Estonia

Ambassador, Mrs. Shpresa Kureta paid a visit to Tallinn, Estonia.

May 2019, Estonia

Diplomatic consultations took place between Albania and Estonia, in Tallinn.

October 2019, Estonia

Was appointed the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Albania in Tallinn, Estonia with jurisdiction over the entire territory of Estonia.

October 2019, Estonia

The President of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Mr. Ilir Meta paid an official visit to Tallinn, Estonia.

March 2020, Albania

Estonian Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Mart Volmer visited Tirana, jointly with the Foreign Ministers of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

July 2020

Was organized a VTC of the Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Gent Cakaj with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, and FM of Latvia, and FM of Lithuania.

 

RELATIONS WITH LATVIA

The diplomatic relations with Latvia were established in 1928 and were restored in 1992. Relations between the two countries are considered as very good relations.  There is a determination to intensify the cooperation and to continue the exchange of visits, not only at the level of Ministers, but also at the Prime Minister, Parliament Speaker and President.

Latvia’s support for Albania on its path to the NATO membership and European integration it is highly appreciated. It is also highly esteemed Kosovo's recognition, the support and the constructive attitude of Latvia towards Kosovo.

The diplomatic coverage is realized by non-resident ambassadors, namely the relations with Latvia are covered by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Warsaw, Poland, while relations with Albania are covered by the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Rome, Italy. On June 4, 2015, it was inaugurated in Tirana the Honorary Consulate of Latvia and Sokol Kraja was appointed as Honorary Consul.

High level visits between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Latvia

- January 2005, Latvia

Visit in Latvia of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Pandeli Majko.

- March 2006, Latvia

Visit in Latvia of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Besnik Mustafaj.

- 2008, Latvia

Visit in Latvia of the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Jozefina Topalli.

- August 2014, Albania

Visit in Albania of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs.

- February 2018, Latvia

Visit in Latvia of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati.

- October 2018, Latvia

Visit in Latvia of the Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Etjen Xhafaj and the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Albania,  Mrs. Albana Shkurta. 

March 2019, Latvia

Ambassador Mrs. Shpresa Kureta paid a visit to Latvia.

March 2020, Albania

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia H.E. Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs visited Tirana, jointly with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Poland, of Lithuania and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

July 2020

Was organized a VTC of the Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Gent Cakaj with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, H.E. Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs, the FM of Lithuania., and D/FM of Estonia 

 

RELATIONS WITH LITHUANIA

Albania has recognized Lithuania de jure on 27 August 1991. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on April 30, 1992. The relations between Albania and Lithuania are very good. There is a common willing to further strengthen the relations and to intensify the cooperation between the two countries in all fields of mutual interest. Intensification of bilateral and multilateral political dialogue with Lithuania remains important.

Lithuania’s support for Albania on its path to the NATO membership and European integration it is highly appreciated. It is also highly esteemed Kosovo's recognition, the support and the constructive attitude of Lithuania towards Kosovo.

The diplomatic coverage is realized by non-resident ambassadors, namely the relations with Lithuania are covered by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Warsaw, Poland, while the relations with Albania are covered by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Athens, Greece. The Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Albania is Kastriot Haska.

 High-level visits between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Lithuania

- December 2004, Lithuania

Visit in Lithuania of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Kastriot Islami.

- March 2007, Lithuania

Official visit in Lithuania of the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Alfred Moisiu.

- October 2013, Albania

Visit in Albania of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Linas Linkevičius, in the framework of the Lithuanian Presidency of EU.

- January 2018, Lithuania

Visit in Lithuania of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati.

- May 2018, Lithuania

Participation of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Niko Peleshi, at the 13th Forum Cooperation between China and the CEEC in Vilnius.

May 2019, Lithuania

Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Etjen Xhafaj paid a working visit to Lithuania.

March 2020, Albania

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania H.E. Mr. Linas Linkevicius visited Tirana jointly with the MFA of Poland, MFA of Latvia and the Deputy MFA of Estonia.

May 2020, Lithuania

Was appointed the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Albania in Lithuania, Mr. Darius Pinkevicius, with jurisdiction over the whole territory of Lithuania.

July 2020

Was organized a VTC of the Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Gent Cakaj with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

 

RELATIONS WITH UKRAINE

The diplomatic relations with Ukraine are established on 13 January 1993. The political relations between the two countries are evaluated to be good, with mutual interest for further development. The exchange of high level visits between the two countries is a key element. Collaboration has been mainly in the framework of international organizations. Since May 2011, Albania has decided Ukrainian citizens can enter Albania without visas and since April 2017 the Albanian citizens can enter Ukraine without visa.

The intensification of relations with Ukraine over the past four years, which brought a significant increase in cooperation between the two countries, is viewed positively and with optimism.

The Albanian Diasporas in Ukraine is estimated as a bridge between the two countries. Continuing efforts in process, in building up a concrete cooperation with the Diaspora on the preservation and development of national identity, spiritual and material heritage and the Albanian language.

The diplomatic coverage is realized by non-resident ambassadors, namely the relations with Ukraine are covered by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Warsaw, Poland, while relations with Albania are covered by the Embassy of Ukraine in Athens, Greece. On June 16 2015, it was inaugurated the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Albania in Kharkov, Ukraine and Dr. Shahin Omarov was appointed as Honorary Consul. Currently, Ukraine has its Honorary Consul in Albania, Mr. Blendi Bajraktari.

High-level visits between the Republic of Albania and Ukraine

- November 2016

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mr. Pavlo Klimkin paid an official visit to Albania.

- January 2018

The Minister of State for Diaspora of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Pandeli Majko, paid an official visit to Ukraine.

- February 2018

The Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Mimi Kodheli paid an official visit to Ukraine.

- February 2018

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati paid an official visit to Ukraine.

May 2019, Ukraine

The Albanian Minister of State for Diaspora, Pandeli Majko, paid a visit to Karakurt, Ukraine.

The Ambassador of Albania in Ukraine (concurrently) Mrs. Shpresa Kureta represented the country at the inauguration ceremony of the new President of Ukraine, H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

October 31 - November 1, 2019

The Albanian Minister of State for Diaspora, Mr. Pandeli Majko visited Odessa and Kyiv, Ukraine.

November 2019, Ukraine

Diplomatic consultations took place in the framework of the OSCE Chairmanship in Albania, led by the Head of the Task Force.

December 2019, Albania

Diplomatic consultations were held in Tirana between the two countries at the level of General Director.

January 2020, Ukraine

The Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Edi Rama paid a visit to Ukraine, in the capacity of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, for 2020.

June 2020, Ukraine

The Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Albania was opened in Kyiv

August 2020, Albania

Ukraine Embassy was opened in Tirana.

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