Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the Prime Ministers of Albania and United Kingdom Edi Rama and Boris Johnson before the start of the NATO Summit in Brussels, according to Greek sources.
With the Prime Minister of Albania, the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussed the bilateral relations as well as the European course of the countries of the Western Balkans, for which the Greek Prime Minister reiterated the firm support of Greece.
The two Prime Ministers agreed that, after the elections in Albania, the two countries are ready to speed up the negotiations for the conclusion of a joint agreement for the referral of the delimitation of their Maritime Zones to the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
Edi Rama thanked the Prime Minister of Greece for the free distribution of 20,000 vaccines, which were delivered to Albania today.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated Greece’s long-standing and steady interest in the Greek National Minority as well as in Albania’s progress in the areas of human rights and the rule of law, which are among the prerequisites that the EU has set for Albania.
The Greek Prime Minister congratulated Edi Rama on the election of Albania as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the two years 2022-2023.
During his meeting with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussed the positive epidemiological course of the country which, in his opinion, allows the lifting of restrictions by the British government on the visits of British tourists to Greece while asking not to discriminate between European countries from the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister briefed his counterpart on the recent developments in Greek-Turkish relations, stressing the need to maintain the de-escalation, so that the dialogue can work and a climate of trust can be gradually created. He also stressed that any next steps towards the resumption of negotiations on the Cyprus issue can be agreed only within the given and binding framework of the relevant Security Council Resolutions, which provide for a solution of a Bizonal Bicommunal Federation.
The two leaders also discussed the implementation of the EU-UK Agreement, including the so-called Irish Protocol, as well as the positive prospects for the Alliance through the NATO 2030 Agenda.
Finally, Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the invitation to attend the Summit of Leaders, in the framework of the 26th Conference on Climate Change (COP-26), in November 2021, in Glasgow, which he accepted./ibna