The interim minister for Europe and foreign affairs, Gent Cakaj, fired the entire staff led by the Albanian ambassador to Athens, Ardiana Hobdari.
According to sources, this action is based on Hobdari's poor performance. Recall that disciplinary action was taken against Hobdari last year for the scandal of the disappearance of 100 passports, while Ioannina Pervin Gjikuria's consul had been fired. As reported Shqiptarja.com Cakaj proposed to the head of state, Ilir Meta, the name of Luela Hajdaraga as ambassador to Athens in place of Hobdari.
The story of the disappearance of passports
At the beginning of February last year, 100 Albanian passports disappeared. On February 22, the Foreign Ministry clarified that our embassy in Athens had authorized an employee of the Top Lines bus company to collect 100 passports from the ALEAT company in Tirana to be sent to Greece.
After the pickup, passports were sent to the neighboring country by bus (not in accordance with normal diplomatic package transport practices). In Kakavija, during the check, the Greek authorities discovered passports by blocking them, and it took the intervention of the Albanian consulate in Ioannina, to make the release possible.
Subsequently, according to the ministry, the delivery was made to diplomatic representatives of the Consulate General of the Republic of Albania in Ioannina, to proceed with the transport to the embassy of the Republic of Albania in Athens.
But, during their transport by the Consul General of the Republic of Albania to Ioannina, in one of the stops on a street in Athens near the embassy, the vehicle was opened and the passports disappeared.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that passports have been decommissioned and declared invalid. But questions remain about how to transport with the withdrawal of passports through an employee of a bus company, and the consul stop who left the car in the neighborhood of the Greek capital at midnight together with passports.
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