European Western Balkans

Albania will withdraw from “mini-Schengen” if Kosovo is not included

Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev at the Mini-Schengen meeting; Photo: Tanjug/Tanja Valić

TIRANA – Albania will withdraw from Western Balkan „mini Schengen“ agreement if Kosovo is not involved in that co-operation, Albanian Foreign Affairs Minister Gent Cakaj said, Tanjug reported.

„Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama had essential condition that will not be subject to negotiations, which is that if Kosovo is excluded from the newly established co-operation, Albania will immediately withdraw,” Cakaj said in an interview with KTV.

According to Koha Ditore, he stressed that Kosovo represents the red line for Albania in the context of the Western Balkans.

“It was a trilateral meeting between Edi Rama, Aleksandar Vučić and Zoran Zaev, after previous meetings. The meetings with Montenegro, Croatia and Kosovo will follow soon, and so on. It will not be a trilateral initiative,” Cakaj claims, adding that Pristina, Podgorica and Sarajevo are invited to join the initiative.

Cakaj stated that the term “mini Schengen” should be rephrased.

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