Albania's prime minister said the country had been "wounded" by the violent earthquake this week that killed whole families and pulverized buildings, as he gave a new toll on Friday of 49 dead and 5,000 displaced.
Emergency workers in Albania Wednesday pulled dusty bodies from the ruins of buildings gutted by a violent earthquake and searched desperately for survivors as the death toll reached almost 30, with hundreds injured.
Albanian police on Wednesday claimed that they had foiled planned attacks by Iranian agents against an exiled terrorist group living in Albania, but several former members of the group have come forward to reveal that they are the real individuals being accused of the plot.
Albania's Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj has resigned and will be replaced by Prime Minister Edi Rama's security advisor Sander Lleshi, a former army general, according to statements from Xhafaj and Rama.
President Hassan Rouhani described the post-JCPOA era as a suitable opportunity for Iran and Albania to boost their cooperation in all fields, the economy in particular, stressing that both sides’ private sectors should grasp the opportunity.