I can assure readers that the photo on the internet that portrays Enver Hoxha, was first taken in Albania, and not in an Asian country. Such a large Albanian delegation would have been impossible to imagine abroad at that time, and moreover with elderly men.And then the strange thing is that - if it had been reproduced on Korean soil - there was only one citizen of that country! Secondly, the only Asian depicted, absolutely is not Kim Il Sung, but - in all probability - Ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (north) to Tirana: Pak Chan Che? Kim Sok Ki? Someone else before in the sixties and seventies? If you notice, Enver could be on the 53-57 years, so we would be in a period between the 1961 and 1965; assuming he had 60 years, it was the 1968; it is a spring-summer shot, so Enver, in case, had not yet turned sixty. It may well be that the Asian was the head of some official North Korean government delegation who came to Albania for a friendship trip. To the right of the Asian there is an Albanian who eats a sweet or a fruit: I wouldn't want to be wrong, but I think it's Mehmet Shehu.Returning to the Asian, his physiognomic features are not at all Chinese, Turkish or Vietnamese. In this regard it is necessary to state that in Tirana the only embassies in Asia were - in the period of Socialist Albania - the People's Republic of China, the Democratic Republic of Korea, the Republic of Turkey and the Democratic Republic (from the 1976: Socialist Republic ) of Vietnam.
For what concerns the eventual personal meetings between Enver Hoxha and Kim Il Sung I will deepen the searches. If they had taken place, surely they would have taken place in an international meeting of communist parties (congresses, conferences, etc.) One thing is certain: Hoxha and Kim did not meet in Albania or in the RDP of Korea, not being the two men politicians who never went to the other's homeland.
I also appeal to Albanian scholars who will read my speech. It would be interesting, however, to know who was taking the picture, and the people depicted.
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