Sofia, May 17, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe
Bulgaria and Albania signed on May 17 a memorandum on co-operation on European integration, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said.
The agreement was signed in Sofia by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov and his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Bulgaria.
Mitov said that the signing of the memorandum meant new impetus for relations between Bulgaria and Albania.
“Our country will always be ready to share our experience with our partners from Albania to help them in the difficult path of reforms towards EU membership,” Mitov said.
“Achieving stability in the region has always been of great importance for Bulgaria. It passes through European and Atlantic integration of the countries, as we have repeatedly stated that the EU would not be complete without the Western Balkans,” he said.
Bulgaria’s priorities in the chairmanship of the SEECP have one main goal – to pave the way for the whole region to be integrated in the EU, Mitov said.
Bushati said that the closer Albania came to the EU, the more cooperation between it and Bulgaria would expand.
He said that Bulgaria and Albania would strengthen their co-operation in a number of areas with untapped potential, including energy and tourism.
Mitov and Bushati agreed that it was in the interest of the entire region that every country in it should be politically and ethnically stable.
“Political dialogue must overcome all crises, just as one of the solutions is further integration of the region into the EU and NATO,” Bushati said, according to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry statement.