Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov held separate talks in Tirana on June 4 with his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama and with Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.
Borissov is in the Albanian capital city to participate in a forum convened by Jordanian King Abdullah II, the aim of which is to prevent Islamic radicalisation on the migratory route through the Balkan Peninsula.
Rama said one of the threats to his country and to the Balkans, if Albania does not receive an invitation to join the EU, is Islamic radicalisation.
The European Commission has recommended that at its meeting on June 28 and 29 2018, the European Council gives Albania a date for the start of accession negotiations.
According to a Bulgarian government statement, Kosovo Prime Minister Haradinaj highlighted the leadership position taken by Borissov to focus Europe’s attention on the countries of the Western Balkans, and he expressed thank for the efforts of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU to make progress on the integration of the countries of the region.
Haradinaj expressed his country’s readiness to help continue the partnership for the implementation of Balkan projects.
Borissov and Haradinaj discussed transport projects for Balkan countries, with an emphasis on Corridor 8, which will connect the Adriatic with the Black Sea.
“There is a lot to be done if we want to develop our countries and connect the region with Europe,” Borissov said.
He said that the significance and benefits of implementing the projects for the region’s cohesion will contribute both to improving the lives of the peoples and to deepening good neighbourly relations in this part of Europe.
“This is a necessary condition for achieving a good economy, stability, security and prosperity in the Balkans,” Borissov said./IBNA