Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania
Address: Boulevard Zhan D'Ark, Tirana 1000, Albania
Tel.: +355 69 982 6678
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Bushati was first elected as a Member of Parliament from the Socialist Party for the Tirana District in 2009, and re-elected in the June 23, 2013 parliamentary elections for the same district. As an MP, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration (2011-2013) and was a member of the Joint EU-Albania Parliamentary Committee (2009-2013). In November 2011, Mr. Bushati was elected Member of the Steering Committee of the Socialist Party of Albania.
Prior to his political career Mr. Ditmir Bushati was a civil society leader and a Founding Director of the European Movement in Albania. He then served as Director of Legal Approximation at the Albanian Ministry of European Integration. In that capacity he was part of the team negotiating the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union (SAA). Mr. Bushati has worked as Advisor on European Affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister, as Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court, the Office of the President of the Republic of Albania and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
He has also served as an analyst for Freedom House (2007-2008), for the Nations in Transition Report, National Reporter for the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and National Coordinator of the Open Society Foundation’s project monitoring Albania's progress in the European integration process (2006-2008). He has worked as consultant for various projects of the EU, WB, USAID, GIZ, OSI, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, IOM, SNV.
Mr. Ditmir Bushati has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania since 15 September 2013.
The Ministry’s vision is based on a strategic partnership with the United States and the European Union, the consolidated and strategic relations with Albania’s neighbors and members of the EU and NATO, whose influence is irreplaceable in the Mediterranean region and the Balkans. It is also focused on the expansion of comprehensive cooperation with Germany and Austria, encouraging the increase of bilateral exchanges with France, UK, Netherlands and Spain, strengthening ties with all other countries of the European Union and Israel, and conducting exchanges with relevant countries on a global level. The fulfillment of commitments as a NATO member and the EU membership process constitutes a national objective for Albania.
The governmental program on foreign policy aims not only to correct past mistakes which have endangered the Euro- Atlantic future of Albania, but also to increase the quality and accelerate the pace of the integration process into the European Union, of the credibility in the region and Euro - Atlantic structures.
The basic principles guiding the foreign policy are the generally-accepted norms of international law, mutual understanding and respect among nations, respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights, good neighborly relations, regional cooperation and international solidarity. The foreign policy will be guided by the principles of predictability, stability and continuity. The core of its mission will be to protect national interests, conflict prevention and contribute to democratic stability in the region and beyond.
The main axes of Albanian foreign policy:
- Strategic partnerships with the U.S. and the EU
- Quality and pace and in the process of EU accession
- Strategic cooperation with Kosovo
- Diplomacy in the service of economic development