5 July 2019 President Meta: There is no power in the world that can put a question mark on the Albanian-American alliance! No intrigue, allegedly on behalf of the United States can divide this alliance!
The President of the Republic, Mr. Ilir Meta held today a meeting with the Chairman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the American Congress, Honorable Eliot Engel and attended the inauguration ceremony naming the street Gjakova-Qafë Morina-Tropoja on his honor.
Addressing the participants at the inauguration ceremony, President Meta stated that:
“We all wish a happy birthday to the state of Kosova on February 17th! I am very fond of that date, because my daughter’s birthday falls on February 16th. This February 17th, I wished a happy independence day to Kosova by posting on the social networks my photo taken in Congressman Engel’s office with the Kosova’s Declaration of Independence in the background.
Because whenever we go to his office, we always meet there Albania, Kosovs and the history of the excellent Albanian-American relations.
I express the greatest gratitude to the municipalities of Tropoja and Gjakova as well, which decided to name this street in honor of Congressman, but I am sure that his name is engraved on every Albanian heart that beats in Albanian here in Gjakova Highlands, in New York, in Albania, in Kosova and in all our soils and all over the world.
Everywhere, all over the world I have felt and witnessed his care and efforts for recognition of Kosova.
Today, in his presence, I would like to emphasize something very simple:
There is no power in the world that can put a question mark or decide on the Albanian-American alliance!
The Communism tried for fifty years to quell any pro-American feeling of the Albanians, but did not succeed because the history of our two countries and nations is very deep and irresistible one, even though the never ending intrigues will never cease trying to divide Albanians, allegedly on behalf of the United States of America!
Albanians do not stay proudly in this alliance just as a people without any dignity, but they stand as a people who historically have suffered a great deal from conquests and tyrannies.
The Albanian people love and will fight even more than any other people in the world for the standing tall American ideals of freedom and human dignity, which are not only the ideals of America, but also those of the world civilization where we belong and are part of.
Therefore dear Congressman Engel, we would like to thank you very much for everything you accomplished for our nation and for everything that you will continue to do!
I wish you plenty of health! May Almighty God grant you strength, because from your office and from your office’s window in Washington we set our sight and saw very clearly and purely the Albanian-American relations that I am convinced we will strengthen even further!” – underlined President Meta.
The great friend of the Albanians, Congressman Engel, after receiving also the the “Honorary Citizen of Tropoja” title for the historical contribution provided to Albanian-American friendship and his dedication to the Albanian cause, thanking President Meta, noted that:
“The Alliance between the Albanian people and the American people will always bring good luck.
I would like to thank you all because it is truly an honor when a street is named after you and I am still alive to witness it.
I tell to all my friends in New York and Washington D. C. that you can travel anywhere around the world as an American, but nowhere will you be treated as well as by our Albanian friends.”
After the ceremony, the President of the Republic together with Congressman Engel placed bouquets of flowers to the statue of the Hero of Democracy, Azem Hajdari, in his honor and memory, which stands tall the main square of the city Bajram Curri, in the presence of invited personalities and local government leaders as well.