Hundreds attend diaspora summit held in Tirana

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 25, 2016 10:53

Hundreds attend diaspora summit held in Tirana

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  • “Our neighbors and friends have the habit of getting upset when us Albanians want nothing more or less than our rights in respect of our dignity and never offending or violating the dignity of others,” Rama said. “Our friends and neighbors must forget that habit and learn once and for all that when Albania calls one a friend does not act behind his back and is not capricious. We do not accept this from others as well, otherwise friendship and neighboring is not good.”

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TIRANA, Nov. 20 – More than a thousand members of the Albanian diaspora, including pre- and post-communism migrants, living in 40 countries around the world, attended the first ever Diaspora Summit held in Tirana.

The summit, themed as “Undivided for Albania,” was also attended by high rank officials from Albania and Kosovo as well as representatives from 300 Albanian associations worldwide.

Officials vowed to allocate a special budget for boost the efforts of Albania’s diaspora for the country’s general development, as well as funds for the operation of consultative councils of Albanian communities living abroad.

Participants in the summit also approved a draft project on Diaspora which paves the way to the establishment of a cross-institutional directing group that will attend to Diaspora issues.

Members of the government offered several structures and platforms to ensure that the contribution of Albanian Diaspora is channeled towards the country’s cultural heritage, economy and tourism.

In his remarks to the event, Prime Minister Edi Rama talked about the importance of unifying school texts and teaching methods “not only between Albania and Kosovo but also for the educational network in the diaspora.

In light of a recent flareup of relations with Greece, Rama also warned that Albania would follow the “principles of reciprocity” for every event that “impacts the interests of Albanian citizen.”

“Our neighbors and friends have the habit of getting upset when us Albanians want nothing more or less than our rights in respect of our dignity and never offending or violating the dignity of others,” Rama said. “Our friends and neighbors must forget that habit and learn once and for all that when Albania calls one a friend does not act behind his back and is not capricious. We do not accept this from others as well, otherwise friendship and neighboring is not good.”

Rama added that these relations must be elevated to another level.

“Since day one we have been committed to address pending issues between the two countries. We have made it clear to our neighbors that there are issues that we don’t aim to overcome nor leave them unaddressed. We are willing to offer them the best solution possible based on the basic principle of reciprocity,” Rama added.

Prime Minister Rama underlined that Albania aims to talk things out with Greece and look toward the future based on the best European standards and principles. He declared that Albania hopes that both neighbor countries “overcome their obstacles” and “boost strategic ties.”

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 25, 2016 10:53