Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ilir Meta was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Mr. Rui Machete

In the frame work of his visit to Portugal, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ilir Meta was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Mr. Rui Machete and discussed on bilateral relations, progress of European integration and recent international developments.  Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ilir Meta expressed the gratitude for the support of Portugal in the frame work of Albania’s membership into NATO and in particular for the consolidation of European perspective of the country by underlying that the adoption of candidate status into EU is a good news not only for Albanians but for the entire Balkan region.  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Mr. Rui Machete expressed convened that Portugal remains committed to help Albania to accelerate the European agenda, and highlighted that bilateral relations should meet a more dynamic phase of exchanges. In this regard, it was assessed the work of the Embassy of Albania and two Honorary Consuls to Portugal, and was confirmed the decision of Portuguese pair to open the Honorary Embassy in Tirana, a step that would serve the concretisation of economic and cultural exchanges between both countries.  Focusing on the recent developments in Ukraine and Middle East, Mr. Meta and Mr. Machete shared the conviction that the consolidation of an agenda of European integration for the citizens of all Balkan countries would be a contribution to strengthening security parameters and stability for EU itself, which remains incomplete without a fully integrated Western Balkans.  Minister Machete assessed that the visit of Mr. Meta in Portugal and strengthening of inter-parliamentary relations, would give a significant boost to the concretisation of relations between Portugal and Albania. 

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