The Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Deputy Minister of Culture Vladimir Lazovski, paid an official visit to the Republic of Albania.

Zaev began his official visit with a meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

The two prime ministers had a face-to-face meeting and meetings at the level of government delegations, followed by a joint press conference.

The press conference expressed a strong commitment for further development of the friendly relations between the two countries in the economic plan and support in the European integrations, announced the government press service.

Prime Minister Rama in the statement assessed the Prespa Agreement as a historical achievement, which resolved the longstanding dispute, but also opened the path to NATO and unleashed positive energy towards a common path in EU integration. He thanked Prime Minister Zaev for the courage to open the path of harmony to interethnic relations in our country. He said that the Republic of Albania sees a strategic partner in the Republic of North Macedonia in the field of stability of the region. He also spoke about the importance of close and facilitated cooperation of the countries from all over the region.

At the press conference, Prime Minister Zaev thanked Prime Minister Rama, the Government and the citizens of Albania for the warm welcome, the quick support of the Republic of North Macedonia’s NATO accession, and expressed hope for the European prospects of both countries and strengthening bilateral cooperation with a stable and prosperous European region.

Zaev pointed to the importance of the dialogue in the efforts of the countries’ progress and the European integration plan.

In our country, we managed to lay the foundations of a society for all, and we are working, through attempts for maximum consensus and with the opposition to all the reform laws necessary for the European integration, said Prime Minister Zaev, pointing out that the Framework Agreement is fulfilled and that they are working in the spirit of the agreement through building a society for all.

Prime Minister Zaev said that after Wednesday’s meeting with Prime Minister Rama, and at the level of government delegations, the joint position has been strengthened that there is room for increasing cooperation between the two countries, as well as in the process of establishing an economic zone, agreed within the framework of the Berlin Process.

During the official visit to Tirana, Prime Minister Zaev and the government delegation from the Republic of North Macedonia will also meet with the Parliament Speaker of the Republic of Albania, Gramoz Ruci.