Official visit to Tirana for the minister Minniti who met his Albanian counterpart Fatmir Xhafaj to sign an agreement that strengthens the collaboration between the two countries in the fight against terrorism and trafficking in human beings. In terms of prevention, joint operations will be activated to identify suspects of terrorism or trafficking.
We must hit the traffickers, the large organizations that manage the traffic, we must hit the so-called untouchables. Because in Europe, in Albania, in Italy, there are no untouchables Marco Minniti
The key word is, therefore, operational collaboration that will be based on the exchange of information and experience also in the training sector.
"In the Balkans - said the owner of the Interior Ministry - we play a crucial game that has three major challenges: the first is against drug trafficking, against cannabis; the second is against illegal immigration; the third is against terrorism. On these three questions - added Minniti - there is a need for full and conscious international cooperation. Through this project and through the appointment we have set ourselves today, we take another step forward ".
Minniti then added that now "we must address the issue of an increasingly strong and incisive action in the fight against organized crime. We must hit the traffickers, the large organizations that manage the traffic, we must hit the so-called untouchables. Because in Europe, in Albania, in Italy, there are no untouchables ".
The minister underlined that the fight against organized crime is an objective of the Albanian government and "I have come here to tell you that on this strategic goal there will be full and total cooperation on the part of the Italian Government and the Italian Interior Minister".
Today the results of the overflights campaign that the Guardia di Finanza has carried out on the Albanian territory, for over four months and for the sixth consecutive year, were presented with the aim of identifying the marijuana plantations. "The successful operations, the minister pointed out, occur over time, we have had an extraordinary result this year, we must maintain it also in the coming years".
In addition to his counterpart Xhafaj, Minniti was also received by the President of the Republic Ilir Meta.