Today a joint cooperation meeting was held between the governments of Albania and Montenegro in the northern Albanian city of Scutari. All departments and police forces were mobilized to ensure the normal course of the meeting, which was hosted at the national museum of photography 'Marubi'.
According to local media reports, at the end of the meeting the Albanian interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj and the Montenegrin counterpart Mevludin Nuhodzic signed an agreement to open a new border point between the two countries in the village of Zogaj, near Scutari . Currently, Albania and Montenegro have three border points, respectively in Muriqan, Han i Hotit and Vermosh. Furthermore, the representatives of the two countries also signed twelve additional agreements concerning mutual assistance in emergency situations.
The new border point aims to further strengthen and improve bilateral and long-term cooperation between the two countries, facilitating border crossing and 'population exchange' between the countries themselves. At the end of the meeting, the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama praised the attitude of the Montenegrin authorities towards the ethnic Albanian minority present in Montenegro, and said that in adopting a law on minorities, Albania granted its own Montenegrin minority the status it deserved.
In the past, Albania has also held a series of joint cooperation meetings with neighboring Kosovo, although in this case the experts believe that these meetings were held more to produce a show than to arrive at concrete agreements.
Based on the results obtained in previous meetings with Kosovo, economic experts now stress that still no economic cooperation derives directly from the signing of the agreements. For example, in the international fair held in Prishtina last April, 70 of the 174 companies that took part in it came from Serbia, which, according to experts, testifies to a loss of trust between Kosovo and Albania.
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