Albania–Libya relations

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Albania–Libya relations
Map indicating locations of Albania  and Libya


Diplomatic Mission
Embassy of Libya, Tirana

Albania–Libya relations refer to international relations between Albania and Libya.

Libya has an embassy in Tirana.


Albania recognized the National Transitional Council[edit]

On 29 March, Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto said Albania would open its airspace and territorial waters to coalition forces and said its seaports and airports were at the coalition's disposal upon request. Haxhinasto also suggested that Albania could make a "humanitarian" contribution to international efforts.[1] In mid-April, the International Business Times listed Albania alongside several other NATO member states, including Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, that have made contributions to the military effort, although it did not go into detail.[2] The Albanian Foreign Ministry announced on 18 July in a statement, "The Albanian government backs the activities of the National Transitional Council and its program for a democratic Libya, and considers the council to be the legitimate representative of the Libyan people." Even prior to recognition, Albania was a staunch supporter of the military intervention in Libya.[3] On 22 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulated "the people of Libya ... [on] marking the end of the dictatorial regime of Muammar Gaddafi" and said it would work to strengthen bilateral relations between Tirana and Tripoli,[4] and on 23 August, Albanian President Bamir Topi congratulated the NTC on what it called "a historic moment in the deposal of one of the dictatorial regimes of our era".[5] On 29 August, the Libyan Embassy in Tirana changed its flag from Gaddafi's green banner to the tricolour adopted by the NTC.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Albania supports international coalition on Libya". Southeast European Times. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Almost half of NATO members not offering any military support to Libya campaign". International Business Times. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Albania supports the attacks on Libya". Albeu Online Media. 20 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on developments in Libya". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Albanian President Praises NTC of Libya Advance". Balkaninsight. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tiranë, ambasada e Libisë heq flamurin e Gadafit, vë të kryengritësve". Lajmi Fundit. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.