The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla, participated today in the inauguration of the bust of our national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti - Skanderbeg, in the courtyard of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Prizren.
Minister Haradinaj-Stublla stated that this day is a holiday for us, because in the city of the League of Prizren, from today on the church and the historic city will be guarded by the bust of Skanderbeg, exactly on the day when we celebrate 28 November - The Red and Black Flag Day which also represents the Anniversary of the emergence of the Kosovo Liberation Army and the Birthday of our legendary Commander “Adem Jashari”.
“This ceremony is even more special, because it takes place in a special place of Kosovo, it takes place in the city that is considered the origin of the Albanian state. “Prizren symbolizes the meeting point of long historical and state-building efforts and the city of religious and ethnic coexistence, the city of extraordinary historical decisions”, stated Minister Haradinaj, adding that “Today, on 28 November, the most unifying holiday of Albanians, on the great day of the Flag of Skanderbeg, when we inaugurate the statue of Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg, we give the message of unity, we give the message of our European and Western orientation, inherited as a testament from the Skanderbeg era”.
Minister Haradinaj-Stublla, in front of the audience, including the political director at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hungarian ambassador to Kosovo, Bishop Dodë Gjergji, the Minister of Defence, Anton Quni, the Mayor of Prizren, Mytaher Haskuka, etc. stated that Skanderbeg with his foresight left us a precious diplomatic legacy, for the alliances and diplomatic ties between the states, principalities and possessions of this part of Europe.
“Albanians' relations with Hungary have always been distinct, and while Hunyadi János, the leader of the Hungarian people who also fought against the Ottoman invaders, was the most important ally of Skanderbeg and the Albanians. Owing to Skanderbeg, the Albanians in that period had excellent relations with Venice, the Papacy, Naples and other European countries. Gjergj Kastrioti was the greatest leader of Southeast Europe, absolutely the greatest of his era, he was a historical figure of European proportions. Whereas, the resistance led by Skanderbeg will become a defining moment in the history of the Albanian people”.
The Kosovar Foreign Minister also stated that the figure of Skanderbeg remains, above all, an extraordinary attractive force for emancipation and Europeanization.
His figure naturally embodies the West, and this legacy should serve as a common compass for the future for all of us”.
In the end, Minister Haradinaj-Stublla, from Prizren congratulated the Albanians wherever they are on this day, with the message for unification of attitudes, union of ideas, and coming together with each other, as we consider that this is the only way that keeps us strong and gives us a bright future.