The Secretary General of the Socialist Party, Taulant Balla is paying a working visit to the United Arab Emirates at the invitation of the President of the World Council for Tolerance and Peace. Balla held a meeting with the Minister of State, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, where he discussed the close cooperation between the two countries. "Sheikh Nahyan is the General Commissioner of EXPO Dubai, where Albania will have its own pavilion. Albania and the UAE have today the highest level of their relations, since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992", said Balla.
During the meeting, Balla expressed his gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, as under the special care of His Highness, 2000 houses are under construction for the families affected by the earthquake of November 26, 2019. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan also committed himself to exerting his influence on the establishment of the direct line Abu Dhabi - Tirana, thus achieving three flights a day from the Emirates to Albania. The United Arab Emirates and Albania share an important history of cooperation for humanitarian initiatives and we will cooperate with the United Arab Emirates at the local level with the municipalities of Elbasan Region for several social projects.
During this visit, Balla, in addition to meetings with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates in the capital Abu Dhabi, was also invited for interviews in the studios of Al Arabiya, Al Hadath, Emirates News. The main topic of discussion was the increase of interest for investments and tourism in Albania from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other friendly countries of this region.
According to Balla, the big project for the Port of Durrës by the iconic Dubai company EMAAR is the most meaningful expression of a successful policy of Prime Minister Rama in attracting strategic investments in the elite tourism sector. Also during the conversation in Al Hadath and Al Arabiya, the journalists asked Balla about the accommodation in Albania for humanitarian purposes of PMOI members, where Balla emphasized the fact that Albania develops a policy fully aligned and harmonized with the US and the EU in the Middle East. There was also interest in holding the International High Level Conference on Anti-Semitism in Albania last autumn, underlining the fact that Albania was the only country in Europe where Jews were not persecuted during World War II, but instead they were protected by the Albanian people.