Albania: Tirana and Athens agree to submit maritime delimitation issue to the Hague

Albania: Tirana and Athens agree to submit maritime delimitation issue to the Hague

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama stated today that, alongside Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias, they had reached an agreement to submit the issue of maritime delimitation to the International Court of Justice.

Meanwhile, Rama said that “we are closer than ever to the abolition of the War, which is the final turning point in the history of our relations”.

“We have agreed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias to address the issue of maritime delimitation to the International Court of Justice, while we are closer than ever to the abolition of the War, which is the final turning point in the history of our relations”, said the Albanian Prime Minister.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias paid an official visit to Tirana today, where he met with senior officials.

Nikos Dendias was received by Deputy Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Gent Cakaj, during a meeting with whom, according to the Albanian Minister, the cooperation between the two countries was welcomed and the importance of resolving all bilateral issues was stressed.

During the meeting, Greece’s support for the organization of the First Intergovernmental Conference of Albania with the European Union was also stressed, taking into account the significant achievements of Albania in the process of European integration.

In addition, as Cakaj said, Greece will support Albania’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the Security Council 2022-2023.

The two ministers expressed their willingness to increase the pace of joint work and deepen cooperation in any area of ​​mutual interest between the two countries.

“Albanian-Greek relations are among the main priorities of our foreign policy, and these relations must continue to develop in the spirit of good neighborliness, linked to strategic interests, close cooperation in NATO, a common European perspective and the two countries’ economic interests”, Albanian President Ilir Meta stated during the reception of Nikos Dendias.

The Albanian President expressed his gratitude for the continued support of Greece in the European perspective of Albania, as a national and strategic goal.

In addition, the head of state assessed that the Greek minority in Albania represents a strong bridge for the two states’ long-term friendship and, together with the Albanians living in Greece, constitute the foundations of healthy and long-term relations between them.

President Meta also voiced his gratitude for the solidarity and support Greece exhibited in the aftermath of the 26 November 2019 earthquake, as well as for the cooperation in the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regarding the issue of the demarcation of the maritime space between the two countries, the President of the Republic stressed that he has and will continue to encourage the resolution of the issue through honest dialogue and mutual respect, aiming at a permanent and lasting solution.

“The agreement on this important issue must be in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the legislation of both countries and the Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Albania”, Meta stressed.

The President of the Democratic Party Lulzim Basha met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Dendias.

“During the conversation, we stressed the need, in a spirit of mutual understanding and respect, to resolve outstanding issues and intensify bilateral cooperation in all areas, including facilities for Albanians living and working in Greece”, Lulzim Basha said following his meeting with the Greek Minister.

Basha reiterated the position that is being expressed for 10 years; that the solution to the maritime issue must derive from the International Court of Justice.

“I reiterated to Minister Dendias the necessity for the abolition of the War. On behalf of the Democratic Party and the Albanian opposition, I thanked him for the valuable support that Greece offers to our country in the historic process of European integration”, he concluded. /ibna