Politics

Greek FM and Albanian PM Meet to Discuss Situation in Macedonia

Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias Meets Albanian Counterpart and Prime Minister to Discuss Cooperation and Future of Macedonia

June 14th, 2016
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At a meeting in Tirana between Greek foreign minister Kotzias, Albanian prime minister Rama, and Albanian foreign minister Bushati, bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed along with how to tackle the political situation in Macedonia. 

Bushati stated that the Greek minority in Albania is a much respected community, which also constitutes a bridge of cooperation between Albania and Greece and a major basis for democratic institutions and developments in the country. He further stated that Albania is open to take more measures to strengthen the respect for minorities.

President of Albania Edi Rama ensured that he will support all the initiatives taken jointly by the Albanian and Greek foreign ministers to resolve issues between the two countries. The Greek foreign minister presented Rama with a strategic review of the developments and difficulties the EU is facing.

Central to discussions was also the current Macedonian political crisis, a country with which both countries share borders. Protests in Macedonia started in May, following charges against the Zaev, the opposition leader, who responded accusing the Gruevski’s government of wiretapping 20.000 Macedonians officials and other figures, and that led to the resignation of several ministers. Difficulties to hold elections and form a new government further increased preoccupation both in the Macedonian population and European governments.

 

References

Cultural Diplomacy News
Laura Serra, CD News