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Meta and Pendarovski discuss coordination of efforts to fight COVID-19

Stevo Pendarovski and Ilir Meta; Photo: President of North Macedonia

TIRANA / SKOPJE – Presidents of Albania Ilir Meta and North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski held a phone call yesterday, in which they discussed the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in their countries and possible fields of cooperation.

The two Presidents discussed the current situation and the measures taken by both countries to cope with the difficult situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and praised the European Union’s assistance in overcoming it.

President Meta and President Pendarovski expressed their willingness to share experiences and coordination where necessary, in order to overcome the health and socio-economic crisis as soon as possible, in the spirit of solidarity and of the regional cooperation.

According to the press release of the Albanian Presidency, President Meta was particularly interested in the situation in the areas inhabited by Albanians in North Macedonia and expressed the satisfaction for the care shown and the measures taken by the state authorities.

During the telephone conversation, President Meta welcomed the membership of North Macedonia in NATO, assessing that this decision serves to strengthen security, stability and peace not only in our region.

“Albania and North Macedonia, as two neighboring countries, allies in NATO, and with common European and Euro-Atlantic visions, will further strengthen the cooperation and contribution to the benefit of further strengthening the collective security,” emphasized President Meta.

President Pendarovski informed his counterpart about the measures that the institutions in the country are taking in dealing with the epidemic and the assessments for the further development of the situation, the Presidency of North Macedonia reported.

Pendarovski also stressed that the focus of the countries, in addition to dealing with the consequences of the health plan, should be focused on dealing with the consequences of the economic and social plan.

Having in mind the recent confirmation of the European Union member states of the readiness of North Macedonia and Albania to start accession negotiations, and after the cancellation of the Summit of the leaders of the European Union and the Western Balkan countries in Zagreb due to the situation with the spread of the virus, President of North Macedonia expressed hope that the European Union will be able to find modalities for moving the process in the interest of both countries and the union itself.

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