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Newsline: Albania, host of Iranian dissident camp, expels two Iranian diplomats

Albania, which hosts a camp for thousands of members of an exiled Iranian dissident group, expelled two Iranian diplomats , more than a year after kicking out the Iranian ambassador. Acting Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj identified the diplomats in a statement on social media as Mohammad Ali Arz Peimanemati and Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Alast. They were expelled for activity incompatible with their diplomatic status, a phrase often used in cases of spying. “The two representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been asked to depart immediately from the territory of the Republic of Albania,” Cakaj said. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-albania-iran-expulsion/albania-host-of-iranian-dissident-camp-expels-two-iranian-diplomats-idUSKBN1ZE27X) In December 2018, Albania expelled Iran’s ambassador and another diplomat for “damaging its national security”. Iran said at the time Albania had acted under pressure from Israel and the United States.

Newsline: Japan officially opens Tirana embassy

Japan has officially opened its Tirana embassy with a special ceremony attended by Japan’s Minister of State for Foreign Relation, Nobuo Kishi, in addition to several Albanian officials. Minister Kishi praised Albania’s role in the region and said Japan would show a full commitment to economic and political cooperation with Albania. In meetings with Albanian leaders, Kishi said he valued the cooperation of the two countries in international organizations, good experience in supporting mutual candidacies and for the formulation of joint stances on important global issues. “The opening of the new embassy is very good news and a further signal of the strengthening and enrichment of relations between the two countries,” Albanian President Bujar Nishani said at a meeting with Kishi.


Newsline: Greek ambassador attacked in Albania

The Greek ambassador, Leonidas Rokanas has been attacked with eggs in the city of Fier. Therefore he stayed for almost an hour in the mayor’s offices to avoid any other incident. The police reacted after some people removed forcefully the Greek flag in “Europa Piazza” square. It was put there to celebrate of the national day of Greece, a few days before. Even though the police took care for everything to go as it was predicted, the Greek ambassador was egged.


Newsline: Envoy’s wife creates first Japanese-Albanian dictionary

In hopes of bridging the language gap between Japan and her country, Reko Dida, 47, created a Japanese-Albanian dictionary this spring — the first such dictionary for the southeastern European nation. Dida, the wife of Albanian Ambassador to Japan Bujar Dida, 51, said she hopes her 13,000-word dictionary will help the two countries build a stronger relationship. The Japanese-Albanian dictionary was produced in April in cooperation with the Japan Foundation and a nonprofit organization called Japan Return Program, among others. Reko Dida, who speaks fluent Japanese, first came to Japan in 1996 with Bujar, who entered a doctoral course at Tohoku University to study chemical engineering. To learn more about Japan, Dida began studying Japanese with her son Besar, who was attending a local elementary school, and was soon able to communicate in the language. Even after returning home in 1999, Dida kept up her Japanese studies, saying she still wanted to continue learning about the country. She also worked at a local office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. It was her notes on Japanese and Albanian translations during this time that would eventually become the basis for her dictionary. Dida returned to Japan in 2009 when her husband assumed the post of ambassador. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region — including Dida’s second hometown of Sendai — in March 2011, many foreigners left Japan. Dida, however, chose to remain.


Newsline: Thieves rob Albanian embassy in Athens

Greek police say thieves have broken into the Albanian embassy in Athens, escaping with an unknown sum from two bank cash machines in the consular section. A police statement says nothing else was taken in the break-in at the building in the Athens suburb of Filothei. Amid its acute debt crisis, since the start of 2011 Greece has suffered a 10 percent increase in thefts and armed robberies compared to the same period last year, according to police figures. Armed robberies on homes have more than doubled.


Newsline: Sweden to close six embassies, open 10 new ones

The Swedish government said it would close six Swedish embassies, including five in Europe, this year and open 10 new embassies. Embassies facing closure were based in European Union members Bulgaria, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, and Slovenia. “Within the framework of the close cooperation that exists between the EU member states, there is scope for developing new forms for maintaining bilateral contacts in future,” Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said. Meanwhile, Sweden is to upgrade its missions in Albania, Kosovo, Georgia and Moldova to embassies. The sixth embassy to be closed was in Dakar, Senegal, while section offices were to be upgraded in Senegal’s West African neighbours Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali as well as Rwanda, Bolivia and Cambodia.