Albania–Palestine relations

Albania–Palestine relations
Map indicating locations of Albania and Palestine



The Republic of Albania and the State of Palestine established diplomatic relations in 1990. Albania had already recognized the State of Palestine as a state since 1988. Palestine has an embassy in Tirana but Albania does not have an embassy in Palestine.[1] Both are member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.


The relations between Albania and the PLO began early, in the middle of the 1960s.[citation needed] Since then, high Palestinian officials[who?] have visited Albania. Albania recognized the PLO as the only legitimate organization of the Palestinian people by the middle of the 1970s and it was followed by the opening of a Diplomatic Representative, resident in Romania.[citation needed]

After the proclamation of the Palestinian Independence, Albania officially recognized the Palestinian State in 1988 and in 1989 the Embassy of the State of Palestine, with full diplomatic representation, was officially opened in Albania.

With the opening of the Embassy, the relations between Albania and Palestine further enhanced by the visit of then Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the end of 1996.

Notwithstanding Albania's historically strong relationship with Israel,[2] ties between the two countries have remained cordial. Albania was one of the 41 countries which abstained in the voting for the application of Palestine for non-member observer state of the United Nations on 29 November 2012.

In 2015, Albania was one of the 119 UN-member countries (out of 193) that voted in favor of raising the Palestinian flag at the UN.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Government of Albania (January 2011). "Diplomatic list" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. "Embassy of the State of Palestina".
  2. ^ "Edelstein: Albania proves Israel can have good ties with Muslim countries".
  3. ^ "Palestinian flag to fly at UN HQ after 119 nations vote 'yes'". RT. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2016.

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