The Swiss National Day – traditionally each August 1st - was celebrated on Thursday at the Embassy of Switzerland with guests and representatives from government, business, civil society, international organisations and diplomatic missions.
“Switzerland’s foundation in 1291 was based on an oath between three cantons. A pact was made between them to join efforts, share resources, and defend each other. That pact – ‘besëlidhje’ - was similar to that established by Scanderbeg in 15th century Albania. It laid the foundation for building a nation, and it is also about justice, cooperation and fairness”, said Swiss Ambassador Adrian Maître.
“We can consider this present time fortunate: our two countries have the opportunity to exchange and cooperate like never before. Ever since Albania opened up to the world in 1992, our two countries have increased links and understanding about each other. This is continuing and I am glad that as part of my mandate here I can play a role towards strengthening our ties further“ – said Ambassador Maître.
Over 250 guests attended the celebration held at the Residence of the Swiss Embassy in Tirana including ministers, deputy ministers and Members of Parliament.
The Swiss National Day of August 1st commemorates the foundation of the Swiss Confederation as we know it. In 1291 three mountainous cantons joined together and signed the so called Federal Charter that laid the basis of the Swiss Confederation with its current 26 Cantons.