Gent Cakaj participated yesterday in the first official meeting as foreign minister of Albania: the vice-minister, in fact, took part in the summit of foreign ministers of the countries of the European Union and the Balkans which was held in Bucharest.
At the first official meeting as a minister, Cakaj immediately had to face a particular reaction from his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dačić, who spared no bites due to Cakaj's Kosovo origins.
The meeting was also attended by the Foreign Ministry of Kosovo, Behxhet Pacolli: a fact considered by Dačić to be a provocation, which led him to open his speech with an arrow to Albania and Kosovo.
Trying to put Cakaj in difficulty, Dačić expressed concern about why Kosovo has two foreign ministers:
"Why does Kosovo have two foreign ministers in the field? This is a heavy provocation by Foreign Minister Edi Rama. ”- stated Ivica Dačić.
On the other hand, the response of Gent Cakaj who provoked the hilarity of those present was not slow to arrive. Dwelling on the fact that Minister Ivica Dačić was also born in Kosovo (in Prizren), he subsequently reminded his Serbian counterpart that he should have questioned the matter first:
"Hand-made, Mr. Minister, you should have been scandalized earlier, because Kosovo already had two foreign ministers and says a saying 'there's no two without three'!
If I am not mistaken you are from Prizren and represent Serbia, I am also a Kosovar, but I represent Albania. "- said Gent Cakaj in response.
Delegation to Gent Cakaj
Edi Rama, one day after being appointed foreign minister, delegated the role to Gent Cakaj, who he had appointed as foreign minister in the government reshuffle at the end of December.
Cakaj, however, had been criticized - due to his young age, by his inexperience and his Kosovan citizenship - by the country's political experts: the latter, in fact, had considered him inadequate for some important events awaiting Albania in the 2019, as the opening of official negotiations with the European Union.
For this reason, President Meta had refused to sign the decree concerning the dismissal of former Minister Bushati by passing the task into the hands of Prime Minister Rama, who - through this 'trick' - still managed to entrust the role at the 26enne Cakaj.
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