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Mogherini calls for political unity in Albania's justice reform implementation

ata_maliTIRANA – Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, hopes that Albanian political establishment will show unity in the implementation of the crucial reform of the justice system, ATA news agency reported.

While on a visit to Washington, speaking at the Atlantic Council on Transatlantic Relations, the EU Foreign Policy Chief said that the path of EU integration is open for Albania if the justice reform is implemented.

Mogherini also confirmed to the Voice of America that Western Balkans was part of the talks with the US Administration senior officials, ATA stated.

Answering to VOA questions on the Albanian justice system reform, the EU Foreign Policy Chief praised the unanimous vote on the constitutional and justice reform package, saying that political actors should now focus on implementation of the crucial reform.

“Naturally, what is important for us is that the same unity and determination are shown during the reform implementation and I believe that the country can find its strength in the institutions to do it, as I know how important this is for Albanian people. We all know that this is fundamental to move forward on the path towards European integration,” Mogherini answered to VOA during an event at the Atlantic Council of Transatlantic Relations.

Commenting on the conflicting relations between the political parties in Albania, Mogherini said that a sense of national unity is now needed.

“I know this is not the favourite sport of Albania, but I think that when we talk about the interest of citizens, this is a necessity,” ATA quoted the EU foreign policy top official.

Mogherini stated that constant commitment and attention to the Western Balkans is needed.

“You can count on my personal engagement and the EU leadership for the continuation of such attention and for passing on the message to Washington in order to remain focused on the Western Balkans in a constructive manner. I hope my message has been heard,” Mogherini said, confirming that the Western Balkans was part of her talks with US counterpart Rex Tillerson.

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