Minister of Foreign Affairs, Albania.
Arta Dade was a member of the Socialist Party of Albania (PSS) from its creation in 1991, and has been an active voice in centre-left politics ever since. She first entered government in 1997 and returned as Foreign Minister in September 2001.
Born on 15 March 1953 in Tirana, she graduated from the language department of the city's university in 1975 and taught languages to schoolchildren for 10 years. She returned to the university in 1985 as a professor of English, and achieved a postgraduate qualification in the UK in 1992. During this time she joined the PSS, which was founded in 1991 and from 1992 she was a member of the party's Presidency. She has also been a member of various socialist women's groups. She was first elected to the People's Assembly in 1997 and was appointed Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport that year. From 1998 until her reappointment to the Cabinet as Foreign Minister in 2001 she served on a number of parliamentary committees.
Arta Dade has two children and is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Address: Ministria e Punëve të Jashtme, Bul. Zhan d'Ark, Tirana.
Telephone: (4) 234600.
Fax: (4) 232971.
A constituent republic of the Russian Federation stretching along the western shore of the Caspian Sea down to the Caucasus mountains. It is the most ethnically diverse state in Europe with more than 32 ethnic groups, only four of them numbering more than about 200,000. It is also the centre of Islam in the region.