President Radev: “Albania`s European integration is in the interest of the EU”

Bulgarian President, H.E.Mr. Rumen Radev paid a state visit in Albania on 5th to 6th of March with the invitation of the Albanian President, H.E.Mr. Ilir Meta. During his visit, President Radev has emphasized that Albania's European integration is in the interest of the EU. In this framework, President Radev has reaffirmed Bulgaria's unwavering support on Albania's European perspective and other Western Balkan countries.
 
Discussions between Presidents has been focused mainly on steps to deepen further the economic and trade relations, the completion of Corridor 8, cooperation between port cities of Durrës and Varna, issues of security and peace in the region, cooperation in the field of civil emergencies, issues of the Bulgarian Community in Albania, cooperation in the field of culture, education and sports.
 
President Meta briefed his counterpart on the reforms undertaken by Albania in the framework of the European integration and expressed gratitude for Bulgaria's support.
 
During his visit to Albania, President Rumen Radev held meetings with Prime Minister Edi Rama, Speaker of the Parliament, Gramoz Ruçi, Chairman of the City Council of Tirana, Toni Gogu and with the General Director of the Port Authority of Durrës, Pirro Vengu. During the meeting with Prime Minister Rama, President Radev underlined that after the opening of the negotiations, that hopefully will be finalised before the Zagreb Summit, it`s needed to push the implementation of the Corridor 8. The meeting with Parliament Speaker Ruçi was focused on the political relations and the need to increase political cooperation. Meanwhile, the meeting with Director Vengu served to highlight the key role of the Durrës port for the Western Balkan countries and to know more the port's capabilities and infrastructure.
 
President Radev was honored with the "Key of the City" by the Chairman of the City Council, Gogu who expressed his gratitude to Bulgaria for the strong support on the european path.

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