Erdogan in Albania to Discuss Turkey-Albania Strategic Partnership

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travel to Albania on Monday at the invitation of Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Discussions will be held on all aspects of the strategic partnership between Turkey and Albania and steps to enhance cooperation between the two nations, Turkey’s Communications Directorate said in a statement on Sunday.

Erdogan will exchange views with top Albanian officials on regional and international issues, and also address Albania’s parliament.

The Turkish President attended a handover ceremony for over 500 housing units a Turkish agency built for earthquake victims in Albania.

Speaking at the ceremony, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will stand with Albania out of fellowship, which means being there when needed without waiting for a call.

“We are crowning the friendship between Turkey and Albania with the handover of these houses,” he said.

A total of 522 housing units, worth some €42 million ($48 million), were built for the northwestern town of Lac, which was struck by a quake in November 2019, Erdogan added.

Over 50 people died in the 6.4 magnitude quake, including seven children, and 900 were injured. Some 1,200 buildings were destroyed.

After the quake struck, Turkey sent Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and Health Ministry teams to the region to help search, recovery, and aid efforts.

During the ceremony, Erdogan was also given honorary citizenship in the local Kurbin municipality.

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