International Affairs



It gives me great pleasure to accept your Credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Albania to India. I welcome you to India and extend my felicitations on your appointment to this important position.

India has traditionally had friendly relations with Albania. We look forward to a further intensification of our bilateral ties.

Considerable potential exists in the furtherance of our relations in diverse fields. We must firmly endeavour to tap their potential. Contacts between the leaders of the two countries will help intensify a mutually beneficial relationship. We were happy to receive President Mejdani during his visit to India in September 1997 to attend the funeral of Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa's is a name that will always bind the people of our two countries in a close kinship.

We hope to see visits at the Ministerial and official levels to give the necessary impetus to our relations. Our trade and economic cooperation needs to be strengthened, as these are, at present negligible. Exchange of trade delegations needs to be encouraged. I am happy to note that Albanian candidates are attending training programmes in India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and other programmes. We need to encourage greater people to people contact through an intensified programme of cultural exchanges. I am confident that the relations between our countries will develop and expand through mutual efforts in the years to come to the benefit of our two peoples.

Excellency, India recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the creation of our Republic and the ideals which the great leaders and our founding fathers bequeathed to us. We rejoice in the fact that we are a land of unity in diversity and remain firmly committed to the principles of democracy and secularism. We have watched with friendly interest the democratisation of polity in Albania. Our shared democratic values should help us in the further strengthening of our friendship.

We are aware of the rapid strides made by Albania in the economic sphere through the implementation of market reforms. India is in the second stage of its economic reforms process. Democracy and market economy provide us a common platform in the consolidation of our bilateral ties. We fully reciprocate the friendly sentiments of the Albanian leadership in this regard. We attach importance to our relations with Albania.

Excellency, India continues to play an important role in international affairs both at global and regional levels, through its consistent efforts aimed at international peace and security. We have placed considerable emphasis on improving our relations with all our neighbours and beyond. Ahimsa and Panchsheel are important coordinates in our foreign policy.

As we enter the new millennium, we are confronted with new challenges and responsibilities. We seek to create a new world order that is just and equitable and based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States. We face new challenges and dangers from international terrorism, narco-terrorism and arms trade that threaten global peace and security. Together with the international community, India and Albania should make joint efforts to overcome these challenges.

Excellency, we know you as a linguist, well versed in many languages both ancient and modern. I am confident that you will be able to contribute significantly to the cause of strengthening Indo-Albanian friendship. I would like to avail this opportunity to assure you the full cooperation of the Government of India on all issues concerning our bilateral relations. I wish you every success in your endeavours to further promote our bilateral ties. I also take this opportunity to convey through you my best wishes for the continued good health and happiness of His Excellency Mr. Rexhep Mejdani, President of the Republic of Albania, and for the prosperity and well-being of the friendly people of Albania.

Thank you

Jai Hind