Albania hinted that it was moving closer to renewing diplomatic ties with Washington, broken more than 50 years ago. The state news agency ATA, monitored in Vienna, said Albanian and U.S. officials met last week in Washington to discuss "the procedure and necessary documents for the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries in the near future. Both parties agreed to meet again to formulate the respective documents." Albania is Europe's last orthodox Communist state. The United States broke diplomatic relations with Albania in 1939 after Italy invaded and occupied the country.