VATICAN CITY, 12 DEC 2009 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office published the following communique at midday today:
"This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience Sali Berisha, prime minister of the Republic of Albania. The prime minister subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
"During the cordial discussions views were exchanged on the current international situation, with particular reference to the western Balkan region.
"Various aspects of bilateral relations were also examined, jointly expressing a positive evaluation of their development. Mention was also made of traditional family values, which are the common heritage of the Albanian people".
OP/AUDIENCE/PRIME MINISTER ALBANIA VIS 20091214 (130)