18 February 2020 Statement of the President of the Republic, H.E. Ilir Meta on the occasion of the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan
On behalf of myself and the people of Albania, I would like to send warm wishes to His Imperial Majesty on the occasion of his birthday this February 18, and congratulate Japan on this national day of celebration.
I was truly honored to visit Japan in October, leading to constructive engagements this year between the leadership of our two nations as we work together to address global challenges. Japan is an extremely important partner of Albania, with outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social development.
Japan and Albania have forged an effective partnership based on our shared values and interests. Albanians are very grateful for the solidarity, support and generous technical and financial assistance provided over the years, which have further strengthened the sense of friendship of the Albanian people for Japan and the Japanese people.
We commend Japan’s efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, advance women’s empowerment, promote sustainable economic development, respond generously to global challenges, and reinforce the rule of law throughout the world.
Albania looks forward to strengthening our steadfast alliance with Japan through continued cooperation in the years ahead.
We wish the Japanese people peace and prosperity over the coming year.