On November 20th, 2012 at the ALSAI premises, Mr. Bujar Leskaj held a meeting with the distinguished Albanologist Mathieu Aref (Arif Mati).
On January 2nd, 2012, after 4 years of research work at the Ancient and Medieval History Department of the University of Sorbonne (University of Paris IV), in Paris, France, Mr. Mathieu Aref (Arif Mati) defended his doctoral thesis on the topic: "Studies and Research on the Pelasgians at the Origins of Greek Civilization." This PhD thesis was followed by the publication in French of two books on the matter. The books, which have also been translated in Albanian are: "Albania: The Incredible Odyssey of a Pre Hellenic Population ", Paris 2003, Tirana, 2007; "Mycenae = Pelasgians, Greece, Solving of an Enigma", Paris 2004, Tirana, 2008.
Mr. Arif Mati was born in Cairo (Egypt) to parents from Mat, Albanian members of the then colony of Egypt. After the overthrow of King Farouk, the last of the Albanian dynasty that ruled Egypt and Sudan, the Albanian colony began to leave Egypt.
Mr. Arif Mati and his family arrived in France in 1961. He still lives there and develops his work and his research activity about the Albanian language and today's Albanians connection with Pelasgians population, demystifying history and throwing light on the Pre-Hellenic Age, which has often been described by historians as a dark and uncovered period.
In this meeting, was present the distinguished scholar and editor Mr. Ndriçim Kulla, who bestowed on Mr. Leskaj his newly published album entitled "100 Years of Independence".