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PM Berisha and former U.S. Secretary of Defence Rumsfeld talk with servicemen and students
 

Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the visiting former U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld held a talk today by noon in Tirana with Albanian servicemen, former servicemen and students on Albania role and contribution to security in the Euro-Atlantic community and peace in the world. The meeting was organized under the auspices of Albania’s former defense minister Fatmir Mediu.

PM Berisha said the following:

“Here is one of the most outstanding friends of Albania and Albanian nation and also one of the greatest promoters of freedom in the USA, a chief strategist of peace and security in the USA and in the world, the former U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.

Mr. Rumsfeld! We feel much honoured and take pride in you being here today in Albania. This is your third visit to Albania and this time your visit naturally has other aims. You remain one of our most outstanding friends, a great personality and we are deeply grateful. I am a witness of the great assistance that you in person and President Bush administration gave to Albania in its effort of the NATO membership of the country. After Albania Independence, the NATO membership has been the most major act in our national history.

I appreciated highly the decision of the President of the Republic to give you “Order of the Flag”. Flag is a supreme cult of ours. The order is well-deserved in the context of your efforts for the country membership into the NATO, an Alliance of values, peace and security that in the course of 20 years made a history in defense of freedoms and human rights in Kosova and for the liberation of the Albanians.

Dear friends,

Secretary Rumsfeld is promoter of freedom in his country and in the world. He is the promoter of the great act of freedom in the USA. There are few people in the world who have stepped twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on. But, Secretary Rumsfeld comes here today as the former 13-th secretary and 21-rst secretary of defense of the USA. There is also another very important moment I would like to highlight. Under the leadership of President Bush, the USA brought about the downfall of two of the most hatred dictators of the time, Mullah Omar and Saddam Hussain. Those were wars of collateral effects, but the important thing is that the ones who benefited the most are the people of Afghanistan and the people of Iraq who by great efforts try to build a free society, a democratic system that irrespective of all concerns is the only system that guarantees building of the future. As the cliques of Mullah Omar and Saddam Hussain were removed from power, the Arab world conveyed a strong message of freedom. What we saw with the Arab Spring was a powerful effort of the Arab nation to progress on the way of freedom. Naturally, it was a difficult road, but quite more certain than with Muammar Gaddafi and other dictators who lost power.   

I would like to express the deepest gratitude of mine and of all the Albanians for you, our outstanding friend, for the great contribution that you made for Albania NATO membership and for the agenda of freedom, peace and stability in the world.

Thank you very much!”

 

 


17/06/2013

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