Tirana celebrated the 70th anniversary of Israel Independence by planting 70 new trees on Thursday as Mayor Veliaj met Israel’s Ambassador in Tirana, Boaz Rodkin, and Blerina Gjylametaj, head of the joint Israel Albanian friendship parliamentary group
Ambassador Rodkin brought again to the attention of the participants of the Tirana event the fact that Albania was the only country that had more Jews at the end of the Nazi period than at the beginning. Albanians also saved foreign Jews who moved to Albania, he said not sparing gratitude of the Israeli people towards Albanians across their country
At a meeting with the World Jewish Congress-Israel and the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR) in Jerusalem, Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati spoke of his country’s friendship for Israel and also its wartime history as a sanctuary for Jews fleeing the Holocaust.
Albania and Israel agreed to establish diplomatic ties today, leaving Yugoslavia as the only East European country that has not resumed full relations with Israel.