Eager to Build Stronger Ties, Ambassador Ito Says
Albanian Daily News
Published December 6, 2017
"This year, the opening of our Embassy, here in Albania, greatly impacted the bilateral relations between our two countries. I arrived here almost half a year ago as the first Resident Ambassador of Japan to Albania, and during this time I have come to appreciate the wonderful people of Albania and the spirit of this nation,” has said the Japanese Ambassador, Makoto Ito to Tirana.
Ambassador Ito made that comment during a reception hosted by Him on the occasion of the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, the National Day of Japan, which was attended by President of the Republic Ilir Meta, ministers of the government, representatives of the diplomatic corps and other invitees.
In his speech, Mr. Ito expressed his deep sorrow about the flooding that occurred just a few days ago in Albania. “On behalf of the Government of Japan and people of Japan I want to express my sincere sympathy and solidarity towards the communities and families who suffered by the rain flooding. On the other hand, I am confident that the continuous efforts of the Albanian authorities in recovering, restoring and rehabilitating the affected areas, will be successful,” he said.
In the meantime, the Ambassador was hopeful for a growing cooperation between Japan and Albania something which, according to him, was evident in meetings he had with members of the local authorities, who expressed their interest and desire to know more about and to cooperate with Japan.
“We believe that the political and economic stability of Albania will ensure stable development of this country as well as the Balkan Region. Therefore Japan fully supports the reforms undertaken by the Albanian government and its aspiration to become a member of the European Union in the coming years,” said Ambassador Ito in the speech which follows:
Thank you very much for joining us in our National Day reception to celebrate the 84th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on the 23rd of December. His Majesty was enthroned in November 1989 as the 125th consecutive reigning emperor in my country.
Firstly, I want to say that I am deeply sorry about the flooding that occurred just a few days ago. On behalf of the Government of Japan and people of Japan I want to express my sincere sympathy and solidarity towards the communities and families who suffered by the rain flooding. On the other hand, I am confident that the continuous efforts of the Albanian authorities in recovering, restoring and rehabilitating the affected areas, will be successful.
This year, the opening of our Embassy, here in Albania, greatly impacted the bilateral relations between our two countries. I arrived here almost half a year ago as the first Resident Ambassador of Japan to Albania, and during this time I have come to appreciate the wonderful people of Albania and the spirit of this nation.
Before the summer season started I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with governmental representatives of Albania the future cooperation between our countries. Later during summer I traveled across Albania and visited a number of beautiful cities and meet members of the local authorities, who expressed their interest and desire to know more about and to cooperate with Japan. I am certain that the overwhelmingly positive attitude towards cooperation that I have received will help our efforts to build stronger ties between our countries.
I would like to mention a few milestones from this year that remind us of our growing relationship. In July we had the official visit of the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nobuo Kishi to Albania. During his visit Minister Kishi had the opportunity to discuss and exchange views with his counterparts in Albania on our bilateral relations and international issues.
Also this year I am glad to see a number of JICA supported new projects being implemented, as it is representative of continuous cooperation between our nations.
I am also very pleased and excited to see that since a few years ago the Polytechnic University of Tirana has started offering Japanese language and culture classes to its students. I hope this will spark even greater interest in Japan and its culture.
This year, both our countries held general elections. In my country with the victory of Prime Minister Abe, I am sure that, the Japanese government will steadily proceed with the already well established diplomatic and domestic policies, which now have a very stable backing.
We believe that the political and economic stability of Albania will ensure stable development of this country as well as the Balkan Region. Therefore Japan fully supports the reforms undertaken by the Albanian government and its aspiration to become a member of the European Union in the coming years.
Before closing my remarks I would like to remind all my guests that in 2020 my country will be hosting the Olympic Games for the 4th time, and are welcoming many guests and athletes to come and share the big event in Tokyo”, Ambassador Ito said.
President Meta on his remarks underlined the great help Japanese government has continuously provided to the Albanian people, “an assistance that has never diminished, even when Japan itself suffered from calamities”, he noted. The President praised Japanese people’s values as hardworking, aiming always high targets and modest at the same time. Meta expressed his confidence the bilateral cooperation with Japan will only grow from now on, wishing again a successful mission to Ambassador Ito.





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