European Western Balkans

Roth: Albania deserves the opening of negotiations

Gent Cakaj, Michael Roth; Photo: Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania

BERLIN – Albania made progress on path to Europe and it deserves the opening of negotiations, stated the Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth during the meeting with the Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania Gent Cakaj.

Expressing appreciation for the solid support that Germany has provided and is providing to Albania, with this being indicative of the importance of cooperation between the two countries, Cakaj thanked Minister Roth for Germany’s support, and his personal contribution, it is written in a press release of Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania.

Minister Roth reconfirmed the support from Germany, which remains committed to Albania’s European perspective, and stated that respect for the democratic and constitutional institutions is crucial for this.

The German Minister appreciated the pace of reforms and encouraged the Albanian authorities to carry on with the good work done.

“Albania has come a long way towards integration and deserves that negotiations start,” Minister Roth stated, confirming that Germany remains a strong supporter of the Western Balkans’ integration into the EU.

Both Ministers acknowledged that the decision for opening the negotiations is of strategic importance and that the Berlin Process must be considered as an instrument for European integration.

They have also recognized that Albania has made the progress required for launching the negotiations and that the political decision will be based on the Commission’s report.

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