President and Speaker of Parliament pay homage, the prime minister to lower the flag to half-mast
Tirana, 16 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
Albanian authorities have decided to observe today a day of mourning, as a sign of respect and commemoration for the victims of the terrorist attacks held on 13 November in Paris.
Prime Minister Edi Rama order all state institutions and public institutions to lower the flag to half-mast and to hold a minute of silence at 12:00.
Condemning these terrorist acts, the Albanian government says that it is entirely engaged alongside its allies in the fight against terrorism.
Last night, a ceremony was organized by the President of Republic, Bujar Nishani and speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Present in the ceremony were the highest authorities of the country, representatives of religious beliefs, Diplomatic Body and international organizations accredited in our country.
Nishani confirmed “Albania’s and the Albanian people’s determination in their alliance to successfully win the battle and the great war against terrorism, violence and intolerance.
“Albania will continue to remain alongside France, the French people and its allies in this battle, which will, by no doubt, end with the victory of civilization over barbarism, triumph of freedom over violence and extremism”, said the head of the state, while the three colored French flag clearly appeared on the front side of the President’s building.
The French ambassador, Bernard Fitoussi said during the ceremony that France’s pain becomes softer when a friendly and sincere country such as Albania, extends its hand of friendship. /ibna/