Albania, Kosovo to open joint embassies abroad, PMs say

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 29, 2017 11:01

Albania, Kosovo to open joint embassies abroad, PMs say

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – The prime ministers of Albania and Kosovo, Edi Rama and Ramush Haradinaj, said in Tirana this week they would work to step up cooperation between the two countries and look to make trade and movement of people borderless as Albania and Kosovo work toward membership in the European Union.

The statements came as Kosovo Prime Minister Haradinaj made his first official visit to Tirana after taking office.

Topics discussed included the opening of joint consulates and embassies abroad to increase reach with less funding.

“In the fourth meeting between the two governments, which will be held on 27 November in Korça, the focus will be on the making up for lost time,” Rama said at a joint press conference. “We will start with the collapse of the absurd wall the citizens of both countries face when crossing the shared border.”

Prime Minister Rama said the share border would become “similar to the borders between the EU countries,” where the controls will not be removed but will be rare.

The two prime ministers also agreed on coordination of efforts to capitalize on the funding of the Berlin Process and the IPA Funds of the European Union.

“We are determined to make our journey towards the European Union together with Albania,” Haradinaj said.

Prime Minister Haradinaj reiterated Kosovo’s commitment to the implementation of all joint initiatives, underlining that “we have waited many years to open up with each other. Now is the time not to wait any longer. “

Kosovo and Albania are also set to jointly mark next year as the “Pan-National Skanderbeg year,” an initiative designed to pay homage to the national hero of Albanians.

“We want the Skanderbeg year to be a motive for renewing our relations with each other and act as a guiding star on our common road, side by side, creating a better future for all Albanians,” Rama said during the joint press conference with Haradinaj .

While in Tirana, Haradinaj also met with Albanian President Ilir Meta and Opposition Leader Lulzim Basha.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 29, 2017 11:01