The official holiday of the Republic of Serbia was celebrated at Tirana International Hotel.

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On February 13 at 5 pm, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, organized at the Tirana International Hotel the celebration of the Republic of Serbia National holiday, which is commemorated every year through an official ceremony where reservations are received by Embassy staff. Many representatives from the country’s political, economic and social life, MPs, politicians, military attaché and foreign embassies representatives in Tirana and clergy representatives were invited to the event. On this occasion, representatives of Serbian national minorities associations that are active in Albania were also invited by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia. The associations that exert their activity in the city of Shkoder, were represented by Mr. Zoran Hajkoja-Ajković President of “St. Jovan Vladimir” Association and Mr. Pavlo Jakoja-Brajović President of the “Moraca-Rozafa” Association. Among the invites there were representatives of the association “Jedinstvo” from the city of Fier lead by the chairman Mr. Eqerem Dulević and the chairman of the association “Skadarlija” based in Tirana Mr. Salko Ferezaj. It is worth mentioning that the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ilir Meta was also present at this ceremony.

The ceremony began with the intonation of the two countries anthems – the Serbian and the Albanian. Then, the ceremonial speech was delivered by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, Mr. Miroljub Zarić. He welcomed the people present and spoke briefly about the history of the day based on facts from history. Mr. Zaric also expressed the desire and readiness of the Serbian state to start a new chapter of relationship between the two peoples – the Serbian and Albanian ones – in view of the peace, prosperity and integration of the two states into the large European family. On this ceremonial occasion, the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ilir Meta delivered a short speech emphasizing the inevitable need for a better and inclusive relationship for the benefit of all countries in the Western Balkans. At the end of his speech, Mr. Meta saluted the participants in three languages, closing with the greeting “ziveli” which in Albanian means “long live”. Then the reception continued with cocktails and cross talks until 9pm.

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