The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama met yesterday in Athens with his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on the sidelines of the Euro-Arab summit of the 29-30 October.
The chairman of the council, accompanied by the Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Belinda Balluku, and by the Albanian ambassador in Athens, Adriana Hobdari, were welcomed by Mitsotakis into her office. The meeting between the two prime ministers lasted about an hour.
Although the details of the meeting are not known, the Albanian media report that there were many issues discussed: from the unresolved issues between the two countries - such as the delimitation of maritime borders and bilateral cooperation - to the rights of the Greek minority in Albania.
Yesterday was the second meeting between Rama and Mitsotakis, since they had already met in September in New York as part of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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Placed by Edi Rama op Dinsdag 29 oktober 2019
The Top Channel TV station reports that the meeting was characterized by a very positive climate. Specifically, Mitsotakis said he was very pleased with the progress of the implementation of the agreements between the two countries, such as that concerning the properties of the Greek minority in southern Albania.
Rama, on the other hand, requested the intervention of the Greek prime minister himself for the repeal of the law of war between the two countries in force during the Second World War. Furthermore, the Albanian prime minister told Mitsotakis that Greece should be more present in the Balkans.
The Greek Prime Minister, in response, stated that Greece will once again be present in the Balkans through partners such as Albania and that it will soon travel to the Land of Eagles to create an idea of the real situation of the Greek minority.
Rama on the Kacifa case: anyone with a weapon is dangerous
In an interview for Euronews, the president of the Albanian council has returned to talk about the murder of Konstantinos Kacifa, the Greek citizen killed by the Albanian police last November after his own Kacifa first opened fire with a Kalashnikov against the police.
"I have always thought and I still think that anyone who moves with a weapon in his hand and threatens people represents a danger. I do not think that the two communities (Greek and Albanian, ed) will lead to a continuous conflict.
Indeed, I think that the story of the two communities testifies that, if politics does not intervene, they are one. Therefore, there is no division or hatred in the hearts of the communities, since Greeks and Albanians have lived together for many years.
They represent a splendid efor example, how politics should deal with the fact that we are close and therefore 'condemned' to live together and love one another. If politics does not intervene to fuel the hatred between the two communities, nothing will happen."- said Rama.
The same Rama will travel to Italy to participate tomorrow in an official meeting with Giuseppe Conte scheduled at Palazzo Chigi.