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Besnik Bajram Mustafaj (born 1958) is an Albanian writer and diplomat.

Besnik Mustafaj
Besnik Mustafaj Place Bellecour à Lyon.jpg
Besnik Mustafaj in Lyon, September 1995
62nd Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
11 September 2005 – 24 April 2007
Prime MinisterSali Berisha
Preceded byKastriot Islami
Succeeded byLulzim Basha
Personal details
Born (1958-09-23) 23 September 1958 (age 60)
Bajram Curri, Albania
Political partyDemoctaric Party


Mustafaj is a former Albanian ambassador to France. He became 62nd foreign minister of Albania on 11 September 2005 when the government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha took office. He resigned on 24 April 2007 and was replaced by Lulzim Basha on 25 April.[1] His resignation came after strong disagreements with Berisha.[2] Further disagreements with the prime minister led to Mustafaj's withdrawal from politics in May 2009.[3]

He is the board chairman of Albanian Institute for International Studies, a think tank based in Albania.[4]


  1. ^ Albanian premier replaces foreign minister, Associated Press via International Herald Tribune, 25 April 2007.
  2. ^ Foreign Minister’s Departure Takes Albania by Surprise Archived 21 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine, BIRN, 30 April 2007.
  3. ^ Mustafaj le politiken Archived 19 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Top Channel, 17 May 2009.
  4. ^ "About AIIS". AIIS. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.