The President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta, was awarded the "International Politician of 2018" by the “Foedus” Foundation.

The Head of the Albanian State was awarded the honor in the grounds of "promoting and strengthening the relationship and friendship between Albania and Italy".

At the gala ceremony held in Rome with the theme "A Gift for a Smile", the President of the Foedus Foundation, Mr. Mario Baccini, handed once the prestigious prize to President Meta, stressing that this appreciation is given annually to Italian personalities and foreigners who are highly regarded in their fields.

President Ilir Meta thanked the Foedus Foundation, expressing his appreciation by saying:

“This award goes to thousands of Albanians who live and work in Italy.

“This award goes to our beloved Arbëresh, who united our two countries uniquely for 500 years, but also to the thousands of Italians who worked and lived in Albania for years.

“Your 18th edition of the Foundation is titled "A Gift for a Smile" and I, thanking you for your appreciation, I want to remind you of the quote from a great Albanian woman, St. Mother Teresa. She said that peace begins with a smile,” said Ilir Meta.

The “Foedus” Foundation Award was also awarded to UNICEF, NEUROMED Italia, the Italian Police Director, Franco Gabrielli, and to the famous Italian singer Fausto Leali.