Albanian President pays tribute to AJC Jerusalem Director Avital Leibovich
“On behalf of the Albanian people, I am very grateful for Avital Leibovich contributions to the improvement of the Albanian nation in the State of israel and in United States of America, and for standing out as a powerful voice in support of Albania and Kosovosaid President Meta, who presented the award to the presidential palace.
Senior Albanian officials in politics and foreign affairs, as well as the Israeli ambassador to Albania, attended the ceremony. “Madame Leibovich has made an exceptional contribution to establishing links between the Albanian nation and the Israeli people,” said the president, and she “particularly promoted the Albanian model of religious cooperation and tolerance as a model and instrument. world peace. “
Thanking the President for the award, Leibovich said: “The relationship between Albania and the Jewish people have been around for centuries. During World War II, Muslim Albanians saved many Jews. We cherish these courageous acts, thank the Albanian people, and we, AJC and I personally, will continue to promote and develop the links between Albania and Israel. “
Leibovich, who has led AJC Jerusalem since 2014, has actively promoted relations between Israel and Albania. She has organized dozens of meetings between Albanian, Israeli and American officials, promoted agreements in various fields including academia, culture, business and diplomacy, and worked to bring the Albanian and Jewish communities closer together.
Albanian officials visited Israel within the framework of the AJC Project Interchange delegations. Following the November 2019 earthquake in Albania, AJC provided humanitarian aid to help rebuild damaged areas.
Previous recipients of the Knighthood of the Order Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg include Hans Joachim Falenski of the German party CDU / CSD and Riccardo migliori, former President of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee