President Meta holds a work meeting with the Ambassadors of Greece, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia

President Meta holds a work meeting with the Ambassadors of Greece, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia

The President of the Republic, H. E. Ilir Meta held today a work meeting with the Ambassadors of Greece, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.

President Meta and the Ambassadors of the countries of the region, accredited in Tirana, exchanged information and opinions regarding the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in each country.

It was assessed that the measures taken by our countries showed efficiency and together we must already coordinate actions to enter a new phase of mitigation of restrictive measures. A gradual and careful opening of borders, as well as the easing of austerity measures, would give air and impetus to the economy in general, and tourism in particular, as an important branch of our country’s economy.

The mutual support in this period of pandemic was also appreciated, and gratitude was expressed for the solidarity and assistance of the European Union to all our countries to face the situation created by the pandemic COVID-19.

President Meta stressed that the pandemic and earthquake that hit our country last November showed how important good neighborly relations are. “Neighbors were the first to stand by us after the tragic earthquake of November 26,” he said.

We must work constantly, he continued, to further strengthen our cooperation in all areas, especially referring to the cooperation in the areas of civil emergencies.

During the meeting gratitude was expressed for the Croatian EU Presidency, the organization of the EU Virtual Summit of May 6 and the encouraging messages it gave in terms of the European perspective of the Western Balkans.

President Meta stressed that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Albania will remain focused on meeting in time all the conditions that the Council has set for our country for the First Intergovernmental Conference for the opening of EU accession talks.