A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Albania
U.S.-Albanian diplomatic relations, first established in 1922, were interrupted when Italy took control of Albania’s foreign affairs in 1939. After Italy’s defeat in World War II, an informal US mission was sent to Albania in 1945 to study the possibility of reestablishing relations with the National Liberation Front (NLF) regime; however, disagreements led the United States to withdraw the mission in November 1946. Following World War II, Albania under Communist ruler Enver Hoxha was one of the most diplomatically isolated nations in the world. After Hoxha’s death and subsequent liberal political and social reforms, Albania and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations. Albania received an invitation to join NATO in April 2008 and is expected to become a full member in 2009.
Mutual Recognition, 1922.
In a July 25, 1922 telegram Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes informed the American Commissioner in Albania, Maxwell Blake, that on July 28, 1922 Blake “may extend to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania written notification of the de jure recognition of Albania by the United States.”
Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1922.
Diplomatic Relations Ended and American Legation Closed, 1939.
Italian forces invaded Albania in 1939 and occupied Tirana on April 8, 1939. U.S.-Albanian diplomatic relations ended on June 5, 1939, when Albanian Minister for Foreign Affairs notified the American Minister in Albania that Italy had taken control of Albania’s foreign affairs. Legation Tirana was officially closed on September 16, 1939.
Treaties and Agreements
Establishment of Most-Favored-Nation Status, 1922.
Prior to mutual official recognition, American Commissioner Maxwell Blake exchanged notes with Albanian President of the Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs Djafer Upi to ensure mutual most-favored-nation status in future commercial treaties between Albania and the United States.
Establishment of Relief Assistance, 1945.
Following the expulsion of Italian and German occupying troops by Albanian nationalist groups, the United States signed a treaty with the Albanian military authority promising relief supplies via military operation.