Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, one week after his oath as Prime Minister, made his first official visit to Albania today.
Kurti was hosted with an official ceremony at the Palazzo delle Brigate in Tirana by the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. During the joint press conference, the two announced that they had set up a joint commission made up of deputies and ministers, with the task of implementing all bilateral agreements signed in recent years between the two countries.
Rama has defined an important step in the creation of this commission which will deal with cooperation between the two countries and the implementation of bilateral agreements. He also announced that the next meeting between the two governments will be held in Shkoder.
“Welcome dear Albin. I am delighted with our conversation, as we have discussed the situation in which we are now in relations between our countries, asking ourselves where we want to conduct our relations, aiming for a rapid resumption of cooperation in all sectors.
We agreed on the preparations for another meeting between the two governments that will take place in Shkoder, after that of Peja. The emptiness of meetings that have occurred in recent times, forces us to make the meeting as profitable as possible to fill it in all spaces, identifying the problems to face them in government meetings in the light of the results achieved and other decision-making needs.
We also discussed the Berlin process and will continue to speak on the harmonization of actions, with the intention of implementing the 4 fundamental freedoms of the EU in our region, where the presence of Kosovo remains a top priority for us. If we do not achieve the complete free movement of people in the first place, of goods, capital and services, we have not fulfilled our duty towards our future and our citizens.
It is essential that we are committed to clarifying every step to remove the border between the two states. And to make the space of each individual state a common space for cooperation and development. We are 100% in support of Kosovo and support the battle for recognition and full affirmation as a sovereign and democratic state, weaving relationships with all states and international institutions "said Rama.
Kosovo's prime minister, Kurti, thanked the Albanian people for their generous assistance without reservations given to the citizens of Kosovo during the war but also in times of peace.
“The first village that I visited as premier was Prekaz, the first city was Mitrovica, the first country was to be Albania.
Thank you for your warm hospitality and very constructive talks. I want to strengthen Kosovo-Albania cooperation like never before between our two countries. Kosovo and Albania are mutual priorities and the issues to be resolved cannot wait in any field.
We have decided to create an interstate commission, made up of ministers and parliamentarians, to implement those 77 bilateral agreements that have been signed so far and add new ones. We want to increase cooperation by expanding it. I would like to thank the Albanian people for their generosity and unreserved help to Kosovo, which would not have been able to resist alone during the war with Serbia, nor in peace without Albania.
We never forget it and we want the 21st century to walk forward together quickly, vigorously. In particular, we want to collaborate in the field of economics, production, education, security and foreign policy. In these areas we have the same concerns and our western partners and allies are the same. As premier we will demonstrate the strengthening of our cooperation between the two countries in areas and dimensions that our nation has always desired, but has never seen, but which will have an opportunity with us. " Kurti said.
Kurti: The Albanian macro-Schengen is more important than the Balkan Mini-Schengen
Questioned by journalists on the Balkan Mini-Schengen, Kurti said he did not go into the matter further, but the Albanian macro-Schengen is more important to him than the Balkan Mini-Schengen.
“This is the first meeting, there are many topics that we will face in the future. This was a topic we covered, but briefly.
Today's meeting was more for the Albanian macro-Schengen, rather than the Balkan mini-Schengen "Kurti said
Albanian Premier Rama took the floor shortly thereafter, stressing that there is no Albanian macro-Schengen without the Balkan mini-Schengen.
“It is true that at this point we have a discussion to carry on. I believe that there is no Albanian macro-Schengen without the Balkan mini-Schengen, even if this "mini" I don't know who invented it. I believe that the Albanian macro-Schengen is closely linked to the regional one because if we are consistent with the Berlin Process we will open a road which has been closed for years, namely that of the free movement of goods, but also of people ", said Rama.
“Today is only in our hands and I want to say out loud that I have overcome this resistance. Neither Serbia nor other countries can tell us that we are doing Greater Albania if we remove the border. So I discussed with the Prime Minister on how to adapt border security, according to the Schengen model, and how to free trade from countless barriers ", said Rama.
Continuing his visit to the Albanian capital, Prime Minister Kurti met with the President of the Republic Ilir Meta, the President of the Parliaments Gramoz Ruçi, the head of the opposition Democratic Party Lulzim Basha.
The meeting with the Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj was canceled due to other commitments of the two.
Tiranë, Pallati i Brigadave - Konferencë and përbashkët për shtyp me Kryemministrin and Kosovës Albin Kurti 🇦🇱🤝🇽🇰
Placed by Edi Rama op Dinsdag 11 February 2020