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Bushati, Wallström: Increased cooperation in economy, education and employment

Margot Wallström and Ditmir Bushati; Photo: Albanian MFA

ata_maliTIRANA – Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati received Thursday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Margot Wallström in the frame of her bilateral visit to Albania. This is the first visit of a Swedish Foreign Minister since 2006 implying that bilateral cooperation between the two countries has increased over the years, ATA reports.

The ministers made an analysis of the growing cooperation dynamics in all domains prioritising economic, education and youth employment cooperation in several sectors. They praised the ongoing contribution of Sweden to Albania via research projects and assistance provided in different sectors.

The two ministers particularly focused on Albania’s EU integration and agreed on the transforming impact enlargement policy has to Western Balkans countries. In his part minister Bushati praised the supporting role of Sweden and its continues contribution to the transforming reforms process in Albania as well as reaffirmed the engagement of the Albanian government to implementing the judicial reform.

Minister Wallström evaluated government efforts and emphasized the importance of reforms continuity especially the justice reform, adding that vetting law enforcement and political dialogue within institutions are closely related to the country’s EU integration.

“We believe that the future of Albania lies within EU, therefore the Second Conference on Western Balkans Integration will be held in Stockholm on 29 May, 2017,” added minister Wallström.

The ministers discussed the current political situation and developments in the region. Minister Wallström praised the role of Albania as a stabilizing and cooperative factor in the region as well as underlined the Swedish support to the region’s enlargement policy.

Minister Bushati introduced the Swedish counterpart to the cooperation history between the two countries through an exhibition in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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