Albania–Turkey relations

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Albanian-Turkish relations
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Albanian–Turkish relations are foreign relations between Albania and Turkey. Relations have traditionally been friendly due to religious and historical factors. Albania has an embassy in Ankara and a general consulate in Istanbul. Turkey has an embassy in Tirana.

Both nations are predominantly Muslim and are both part of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.[citation needed] They are also full members of NATO and the Union for the Mediterranean.[citation needed] Also Turkey is an EU candidate and Albania is a potential candidate.

Turkey has about 1.3 million citizens of full or partial Albanian descent,[1] and most still feel a connection to Albania. There is also a strong Turkish minority in Kosovo, a country which is predominantly Albanian. The bond between these two nations stems from historical reasons, especially since many Albanians embraced Islam, the official religion of the Ottoman Empire.

Albania was the last nation in southeastern Europe to claim independence from the Ottoman Empire, on 28 November 1912. To this day, relations between the two countries are stable, with Turkey being one of the first countries to recognize Kosovo, and with polls showing that Turks are one of the best-received ethnic groups in Albania.[original research?][2]

As of 2 February 2010, citizens can visit either country and stay for up to 90 days without visas or any fee.[3]

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  1. ^ "Türkiye'deki Kürtlerin sayısı!" (in Turkish). 6 June 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.watsoninstitute.org/bjwa/archive/11.1/Essays/Barjarba.pdf
  3. ^ "Albania, Turkey launch visa-free travel". SETimes. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 

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