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Turkey's Ambassador to Tirana Murat Ahmet Yörük in an interview with the Albanian Telegraphic Agency said that "today we have perfect relations with Albania in political, economic, commercial, cultural, military and other fields. We are pleased that the Albanian Government has declared our country as a "strategic partner". Thanks to mutual trust, goodwill and cooperation, we are determined to further strengthen our perfect relationships. "
"The synergy that has created the very special personal friendship between our President Mr. Rexhep Taip Erdogan and the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, with concrete and strategic moves, has given rise to the advancement of bilateral relations. The most current examples for this are our projects for Vlora Airport, which will be realized by a Turkish consortium, and for Air Albania with the support of Turkish Airlines" stressed Yörük.
The Turkish ambassador underlined that "the Turkish people have been together with the Albanian brothers for centuries. The roots of our friendship with Albania and Albanians extend to the 14th century, even earlier.
The Arnavutka neighborhood in Istanbul
"We are two peoples who have walked together for centuries. Istanbul, where an important Albanian population lives and where today's two neighborhoods have been named Arnavutkj, has been our common capital for five centuries" said the ambassador of Turkey.
"During these five centuries 35 sadrazamë, namely prime ministers of the present time, have been of Albanian origin. The number of Albanians in Turkey is bigger than the Albanian population.
Many founders of the Albanian state have been important personalities in the Ottoman period. For example, Ismail Qemali has been an important figure of Ottoman bureaucracy and politics. He was governor, member of the Council of State, Secretary General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, senior state adviser, and twice MP of Berat. The founder of the Republic of Turkey and the son of this geographical area, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, knew very well the Albanians since the school years in Thessaloniki and Manastir. He has summed up very beautifully saying, "We love the Albanian people, we consider him brother. We seriously want him and his country to become empowered and prosper, to take the deserved place" Ambassador Yörük said.
"Immediately after the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, Albania was the second country with which in 1923 we signed the" Agreement of Friendship and Eternal Co-operation ". After the collapse of the communist regime that enslaved Albania, Turkey opened its doors to the Albanian brothers and, in contrast to the attitude of many Western countries, did not impose the visa application. Since then, our relations have continued to advance in every area, "said Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Tirana, Murat Ahmet Yörük.