Sunday, March 4, 2012

Speech in Rome, April 15, 1939

To the Albanian Mission

By Benito Mussolini

Distinguished delegates of the Albanian people, I thank you for your greeting, which is reciprocated by me with the greatest cordiality.

You know that for many years I have followed the vicissitudes of your people and I have always tried to meet its needs. Your presence here marks the beginning of a new era for your people, who now enter—as equals—the imperial community of Rome.

The banner of Skanderbeg, which will fly throughout Italy tomorrow alongside the Tricolor, demonstrates to you the sentiments that animated the Italian people towards Albania.

I promise you that Fascist Italy will give new justice, order and welfare to Albania, and you know that when I make a promise, I keep it.