Republic of Albania
The basis for the development of relations between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Albania is the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in February 1993. The two countries maintain relations of historical traditional friendship, cooperation and partnership. There are no open and contentious political issues, and contacts are maintained at high level. Potential areas of development are economy, trade and tourism. Cooperation in the field of education, science and culture also plays an important role in bilateral relations.
On October 13, 2017, the Parliament of Albania adopted the Law on the Protection of National Minorities, which recognised the existence of a Bulgarian minority. Bulgaria maintains and supports the preservation of the identity of the Bulgarian minority, its economic and cultural development.
The development of the bilateral relations of the Republic of Bulgaria with the Republic of Albania provides additional opportunities for multilateral cooperation in Southeast Europe and the implementation of regional infrastructure projects, as well as for cooperation within NATO and other international organisations. Bulgaria welcomes Albania's strategic choice for EU membership. Taking into account the significant achievements of Albania in the reform process and led by the key principle of the own merits in the accession process, Bulgaria supports the opening of accession talks with Albania without further delay.
Albania is a priority partner within Bulgaria's Official Development Aid programme.