TIRANA – Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama held a one-to-one meeting with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in Brussels before the informal dinner with the prime ministers of Western Balkans, ATA reports.
The interlocutors discussed on the situation in Albania. Mogherini congratulated the prime minister on the agreement with the opposition and unblocking of the Vetting process. She reiterated the EU’s full support for progress of the reform in the justice system. On his part, PM Rama said that the agreement was concluded for the Albanians while Albania is in need of separating from its past of conflict.
While during the informal dinner the High Representative of the European Union hosted for 6 Western Balkans prime ministers, it was discussed the situation in the region in light of the latest developments in an effort to look together at the way forward. Today’s meeting, said Mogherini, aims to convey a positive message to the region for its European perspective and such periodic meetings will take place even in the future so that we move faster toward this perspective.
PM Rama positively assessed Mogherini’s initiative for holding regular meetings with the leaders of the region as an initiative which promotes communication and cooperation in the region and of the region with the EU and they also strengthen the European perspective of the Western Balkans.
After the informal dinner, PM Rama said they had discussed on the future meeting in Trieste as well as the Western Balkans perspective through talking openly on certain issues of mutual interest and that should be seen as such.
PM Rama also emphasized that Albania’s domestic situation had not been a topic of discussion, but he had made it crystal clear to Mogherini that the government and the opposition that will come out from June 25 elections will demand unanimously opening of accession negotiations with the EU.
Speaking about the relations among the Balkan countries, PM Rama said that irrespective of the problems, there is dialogue and a common sense of the future that prevails above all the others.
In regard to the European integration, PM Rama said that we don’t see it a tour to Europe, but a process of transforming the country into a worthy European state. On the other hand, we expect to find the same will in the united Europe.