In March 18th, 2014, Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Albania, welcomed Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta, in his first official visit to Tirana. During their meeting, both leaders discussed the potential bilateral cooperation in the areas of commerce, the fight against organized crime, further development of cultural and educational ties, professional training to Albanian police officers provided by Romanian police officers, as well as sharing Romania’s experience in the European Union Accession process.
For Prime Minister Edi Rama, bilateral relations between Albania and Romania are very special and tremendously important, “Romania is a country that is linked to Albania and influenced its culture for a long time, and such relations are rooted in a historical context as well as in significant cultural ties. Bilateral relations between Albania and Romania have earned a particular place in Albania’s foreign policy.” Over the years there have been many Albanian writers who have studied and lived in Romania; even today there are hundreds of Albanian students who continue their studies in Bucharest. Indeed, Romania has had a great influence in some of the most distinguished Albanian writers such as Aleksandër Stavre Drenova, Lasgush Poradeci and Dora D’istria…… by P. Tase