Turkey-Albania relations Political Relations

Turkey has been supporting the integration of Albania in the Balkans lasting peace and stability in a country with strategic importance to see that it believes will reinforce the stability of Europe and this country-Atlantic institution. The political relations between Turkey and Albania, on the basis of mutual confidence, with senior and technical visits, continues to develop in a friendly environment.

  • Mr. Sayin made an official visit to Albania on 13 May 2015.
  • Former President of Albania Bujar Nishani, Presidential take-over ceremony (August 28, 2014), Atlantic Council Energy and Economy Summit (20-22 November 2014), 100th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremonies of the Gallipoli Wars (23-24 April 2015) ) and the 7th Bosporus Summit (November 29 – November 1, 2016).
  • Bujar Nishani finally made an official visit to my country at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Turkey on 20-22 December 2016. The visiting President attended the opening ceremony of the Eurasia Tunnel on 20 December 2016 in Istanbul.
  • Prime Minister Edi Rama came to my country on an official visit to Turkey on 29-30 June 2016 at the invitation of Mr. Prime Minister.
  • Rama recently visited our country on 9-10 July 2017 to attend the 22nd World Petroleum Congress.
  • Albanian Foreign Minister Bushati made an official visit to my country on 25-27 October 2016 to highlight Albania’s support to my country after the treacherous terrorist coup attempt on July 15th.
  • Our Minister went to Tirana on February 23, 2015 to participate in the workshop organized by the South-eastern European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting margin, in which he held a bilateral meeting with his Albanian counterpart, Bushati.

Our main export products are: iron-steel, grain, construction materials, machine parts, electrical household appliances, cable and wire, ready-made clothing, plastic materials.

Our main imported products: Perfumery and herbal materials used in pharmacy, shoes, leather, textiles, aluminium. With the ” Free Trade Agreement” entered into force as of 1 May 2008, customs duty rates applied in Albania to industrial goods originating from the country have been reset.

There are approximately 300 Turkish companies operating in Albania, with Turkish investments in this country at $ 3 billion. The total amount of projects completed in Albania by Turkish contractors is $ 1.1 billion.

The last Joint Economic Commission meeting was held in Tirana on 29-30 November 2011. As of 8 August 2017, Prime Minister’s Assistant Recep Akdag was the co-chair of KEK.

As of September 2017, 82,346 Albanian tourists visited our country.

Cultural Relations:

About 150 students are educated in the Department of Turcology of the University of Tirana. Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre in Tirana and Shkodra branches in Albania with Turkish language courses and cultural and artistic activities has contributed to Turkey’s visibility. With 430 projects completed in Albania so far, TIKA has provided development assistance to this country of approximately $ 85 million.

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