VATICAN CITY, DEC. 13, 2009 ( On Saturday, Benedict XVI met with the prime minister of Albania, Sali Berisha.

A Vatican communiqué noted that in this audience with the Pope, there was "an exchange of views on various topics concerning the current international situation, with particular reference to the Western Balkan region."

As well, "they reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations, sharing positive views of their development."

The communiqué reported that "mention was also made of traditional family values, which are the common heritage of the Albanian people."

Berisha also met with the Pontiff's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and the secretary for relations with states, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.