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North Macedonia, Albania and Serbia signed a memorandum to fight coronavirus

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

BELGRADE – Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia signed a memorandum of understanding to battle the coronavirus pandemic and enabling border crossing with ID cards, during the online conference within the “mini-Schengen” initiative, FoNet reported.

“I am very happy and proud to have signed the memorandum of understanding in the fight against the coronavirus. The important thing is that we will introduce measures together and that we decided that our experts and medical teams should talk and cooperate, building trust to help our people”, said Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.

He added that it’s important to show how much they care about the health of citizens.

The online summit was organized as part of the “mini-Schengen” initiative and it was attended by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Tirana, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev in Skopje, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Branbić and Health Minister Zlatibor Lončar in Belgrade.

“This will bring our countries closer politically and will enable a better life for the citizens”, Vučić assessed.

Prime Minister of North Macedonia stated that the signed memorandum will make life easier for the citizens of the three countries and lay the basis for mutual cooperation in all areas, especially in the fight against the pandemic, because the opening of “Green Lines” facilitates the flow of citizens and economic cooperation.

Zaev added that the citizens of the three countries, in whichever they find themselves and are infected with the COVID-10, will be able to be treated for free.

Edi Rama assessed that the memorandum is a very positive step when it comes to the easier movement of the citizens and the fight against the pandemic, especially when it comes to the exchange of information about the virus.

He concluded that there is no other way for a better future for the three countries than mutual cooperation and joint efforts in the EU accession process.

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